Beiersdorf completed an apprenticeship as a pharmacist and studied pharmacy in Berlin . After his license to practice medicine, he took over the management of a technical factory in Moscow and became a co-owner of an optics company . From 1864 he lived in Berlin and ran pharmacies in Bärwalde and Grünberg.
In 1880 Beiersdorf had settled in Hamburg as a pharmacist . In addition, he experimented on pharmaceutical preparations. In close collaboration with the dermatologist Paul Gerson Unna , he founded the plaster business and received his first patent for the gutta-percha plaster jar in 1882. The date of the patent specification is now the founding date of Beiersdorf AG .
In 1890 he sold the company that kept his name to Oscar Troplowitz for 60,000 marks as a result of the suicide of his then 16-year-old son Carl Albert (who shot himself because he had been sitting in high school) . At the time, the company employed eight workers, two travel agents and one laboratory assistant in addition to the owner.
Beiersdorf lost its fortune to building speculators, and a new start in the pharmacy business failed. He then committed suicide using poison.
- Katrin Cura: From pharmacy to chemical factory: 125 years of Beiersdorf. In: Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau . , Vol. 60 (2007), H. 11, pp. 579-581.
- Manfred Stürzbecher : In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 2, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1955, ISBN 3-428-00183-4 , p. 19 ( ).
- Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung / Series 12-11 of March 26, 2011
- 100 years of Beiersdorf 1882–1982. Hans Christian's printing works, Hamburg 1982.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Beiersdorf, Paul Carl|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German pharmacist and company founder|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 26, 1836|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Neuruppin , Mark Brandenburg|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 17, 1896|
|Place of death||Hamburg|