Carl Friedrich Plattner

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Title page Plattner's solder tube trial customer
Plaque on Plattner's grave in Freiberg

Carl Friedrich Plattner (born January 2, 1800 in Kleinwaltersdorf ; † January 22, 1858 in Freiberg , also cited as: Karl Friedrich Plattner) was a German metallurgical expert and chemist .

life and work

Plattner was born as the son of a miner in 1800 in Kleinwaltersdorf (today a part of Freiberg ). From 1815 to 1817 he studied at the Freiberg mountain school; he then took up studies at the Bergakademie Freiberg , which he finished in 1820.

The following years he worked in the Freiberg ironworks and devoted himself to research. His work Die Probirkunst mit dem Solötrohre , first published in 1835, received a lot of attention and was reprinted several times. In order to expand his knowledge of analytical chemistry , Plattner studied from 1838 to 1839 with Heinrich Rose in Berlin . When he returned to Freiberg in 1840, he was named Obigartswardein .

In 1842 he took over the professorship for metallurgy at the Freiberg Bergakademie as the successor to Wilhelm August Lampadius . He introduced lectures on soldering tube testing and from 1851 also gave lectures on metallurgy .

Plattner also researched and published on metallurgical roasting processes and developed a process for extracting gold with chlorine gas that was used worldwide. In 1856 Plattner became Bergrat. Due to health problems, he had to give up teaching that same year.


  • The trial art with the soldering pipe . Barth, Leipzig 1835
  • Contribution to the expansion of probation art . Engelhardt, Freiberg 1849 ( digitized version )
  • The metallurgical roasting processes, viewed theoretically . Engelhardt, Freiberg 1856 ( digitized version )
  • Lectures on general metallurgy / ed. by Theodor Richter . Engelhardt, Freiberg. Vol. 1: 1860 ( digitized version ), Vol. 2: 1863 ( digitized version )


  • C. Schiffner: From the life of old Freiberg mountain students. E. Maukisch, Freiberg 1935, pp. 57-59.
  • Alfred Lange: Carl Friedrich Plattner in memory. On the 100th anniversary of his death on January 22, 1958 . In: Bergakademie H. 1 / Jg. 10/1956 Akademie-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 44–45
  • Lorenz: The important mountain scientist Plattner . In: Sächsische Heimatblätter . H. 7 / year 6/1960, p. 463
  • Hans Jürgen Plattner:  Plattner, Carl Friedrich. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 20, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-428-00201-6 , p. 519 ( digitized version ).
  • Rudolf Stohn: Outstanding old Freibergers in the field of metalworking . In: Bergakademie H. 10 / Jg. 8/1956 Akademie-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 460–469
  • Ilja Westermann: From Plattner's life and work . In: Metall und Erz H. 6 / Jg. XXX / 1933, Halle, pp. 101-103

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