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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Austrian Royal Family

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The Austrian royal family heard of his vaccinations of the villagers and he was asked to come and vaccinate them as well. The vaccination was a success and he was elected the doctor for The Royal Family of Austria.



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Ingenhousz wrote a book called “Experiments upon Vegetables—Discovering Their Great Power of Purifying the Common Air in the Sunshine and of Injuring It in the Shade and at Night.”


Famous Discovery

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Igenhousz is most famous for his discovery of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process in sunlight absorb carbon dioxide, and then release oxygen.


Impact of Plants

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Ingenhousz’s discovery of photosynthesis created a profound understanding of how plants and the environment interact with each other.


Experiments with Metal

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Another experiment that he did was dip metal rods in wax, and then seeing how much melted off. It was this experiment that led him to discover that silver was the best metal for conducting heat, and lead was the worse.

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