Friedrich Feigl, Prof. Dr.

15.5.1891 – 26.1.1971
born in Wien, Austria died in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Ehrung Titel Datierung Fakultät
Honorary Doctorate Dr. phil. h.c. 1967/68 Faculty of Philosophy

After his studies of biology and chemistry at the Technical University of Vienna Friedrich Feigl became in 1914 graduate engineer and - after serving in the army in the First World War - assistant professor at the University of Vienna in 1919. In 1920 he received the title of Dr. tech. from the Technical University and became assistant professor at the II. Chemical University Laboratory. He was promoted untenured professor of analytical and inorganic chemistry at the University of Vienna in 1926 and extraordinary professor in 1936. He was regarded as one of the pioneers of chemical microanalysis and of the application of organic reagents in analytical chemistry. Friedrich Feigl was persecuted in times of Nazism as a Jew lost his position and was thrown out of the university in 1938.

He emigrated via Switzerland to Gent/Belgium, where he worked as director of a research laboratory, but was arrested in 1941 and deported to a camp in South France. He managed to flee and emigrate via Vichy to Rio de Janeiro/Brasilia, where he worked as head of a department and laboratory of the ministry of agriculture and analysed Brasilian natural resources.

In 1947 the Technical University of Vienna honored Friedrich Feigl with the the honorary doctorate. He became Professor of Chemistry in Rio de Janeiro and was honorary professor at the Technical University and at the University of Vienna.
He returned to Austria in 1961 and received the honorary doctorate of the Philosophical School of the University of Vienna in 1967.

In 2009 he was included in the Memorial book for the victims of National Socialism at the University of Vienna in 1938, and in 2018 in the memorial wall of the Faculty of Chemistry.

Katharina Kniefacz

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  • Friedrich Feigl

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