Otto Wallach was born on March 27, 1847, in Konigsberg, Germany, the
son of Gerhard Wallach and his wife, nee Otillie Thoma. His father was
a high-ranking civil servant.
In 182 he returned to Born, where he stayed for 19 years. He first
became assistant in the organic laboratory, and later was appointed
Privatdozent. In 1876 came his appointment as Professor Extraordinary.
When in 1879 the Chair of Pharmacology became vacant he was obliged
to occupy it, which forced him to specialize in this direction. It was
during this period that he discovered the iminochlorides by the action
of phosphorous pentachloride on the acid amides.
Wallach remained a bachelor throughout his life, and died on February 26, 1931.
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