Top 25 Facts About Jan Ingenhousz and How He Discovered Photosynthesis

Presenting a scientific list: Top 25 facts about Jan Ingenhousz and how he discovered Photosynthesis! Speaking of which, what do you know about the scientific process? You probably had the word on a 5th- grade spelling test and had to sit through what seemed like an eternity in science class learning about it.

The Dutch-born physician and chemist discovered the phenomena when he placed plants underwater. He did many other experiments involving metals, which led to the discovery of metals conducting heat. He also helped save the life of the Austrian royal family during the smallpox epidemic. He was given the coveted title of being the royal doctor because of his accomplishment!

Ingenhousz‘s contributions to the scientific community were truly great. So without further ado, here are the Top 25 Facts About Jan Ingenhousz.

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Jan Ingenhousz was born on December 8th, 1730 in Breda, Netherlands. If you happen to be in that corner of the world and want to know where Breda is, don’t bother. The city is known nowadays as the Southern Netherlands.


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Jan Ingenhousz was a determined young scientist. At only 16 years of age, he began studying medicine. He studied at the University of Leuven in Belgium and received his M.D. in 1753.


Became a doctor in his hometown

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When Jan Ingenhousz finished studying for his medical degree, he went back to his hometown of Breda and became a doctor there.


Fascinated by Electricity

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Jan Igenhousza became intrigued by electricity because of one very famous scientist. Pieter van Musschenbroek fueled his imagination and sparked his love of electricity after he heard pioneer speak at The University of Leiden.



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Jan Ingenhousz injected 700 Austrian villagers with a vaccine for smallpox. He hoped that it would stop the epidemic. He also gave the vaccine to King George the 3rd’s family.

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