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On This Day – July 19 : French chemist Pierre-Joseph Pelletier died on this day in 1842

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He was one of the pioneers of the study of plant alkaloid chemistry. Alkaloids are organic compounds that induce various effects in medicine, including painkillers and respiratory stimulants. Pelletier and his colleagues first isolated the pigment chlorophyll in 1817.

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