Fritz Arndt

6th July 1885 to 8th December 1969

Signature, Fritz Arndt, 1931

Born in Hamburg, Fritz Arndt studied chemistry in Geneva, Bern and Freiberg; his doctoral supervisor was Ludwig Gattermann. He gain a lectureship at Breslau, and later accepted a full professorship there, in 1928.

Fritz Arndt, Breslau address, 1930/31

In 1933, Arndt was one of the first to be expelled from the Breslau faculty following changes to employment legislation under the National Socialists in the 1930s. As well as being Lutheran, he was also part-Turkish, and his father was Jewish.

Arndt moved to the UK to a post in the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford for a short time, before moving again, to the University of Istanbul (see Lâle Aka Burk 2003). He was helped to leave Germany by the Academic Assistance Council, an English rescue organization (later renamed the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning).

Fritz Arndt, 1930/31, University of Breslau, ‘Head of hall for advanced students’. He is also listed here as an examiner for chemistry, and as a ‘connection for medical examinations’.

Arndt is probably best known today for his contributions to synthetic methodology. The Arndt-Eistert synthesis, included in many textbooks, has been used extensively over the years. Perhaps less recognized is Arndt’s pioneering work in the development of resonance theory.

Fritz Arndt, Chemistry, University of Breslau, 1930/31
All black and white extracts on this page are from the 'Vorlesungs und Personal Verzeichnis der Schlesischen Friedrich Wilhelms Universität zu Breslau Winter Semester 1930/1931', and the equivalent handbook for 1935-1936, available online at the University of Wrocław.