Franz Joseph Emil Fischer

Franz Fischer (1911)
For the Polish philosopher and gourmand, see Franc Fiszer.

Franz Joseph Emil Fischer (19 March 1877 in Freiburg im Breisgau – 1 December 1947 in Munich) was a German chemist and father to Artur Fischer and Siegfried Fischer. He and Hans Tropsch discovered the Fischer-Tropsch process. With Hans Schrader he developed the Fischer Assay, a standardized laboratory test for determining the oil yield from oil shale to be expected from a conventional shale oil extraction.[1] He also worked with Wilhelm Ostwald and Hermann Emil Fischer.[2] In 1913 he became Director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim.



  1. Heistand, Robert N. (1976). "The Fischer Assay, standard method?" (PDF). San Francisco: Symposium on oil shale, tar sands, and related materials — production and utilization of synfuels. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  2. Chemist biographies

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