Paul Beiersdorf

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Paul Carl Beiersdorf (born March 26, 1836 in Neuruppin ; † December 17, 1896 in Hamburg ) was a German pharmacist and company founder.


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.


Individual evidence

  1. a b Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung / Series 12-11 of March 26, 2011
  2. 100 years of Beiersdorf 1882–1982. Hans Christian's printing works, Hamburg 1982.