Alexander Butlerow named the " structure theory," and contributed much to the development of the subject.
The " structure theory " (or the mode of linking of the atoms) of carbon compounds, founded by Butlerow, Kekule and Couper and, at a later date, marvellously enhanced by the doctrine of stereo-isomerism, due to J.
Butlerow in 1864 by acting with zinc methyl on acetyl chloride (see Alcohols).
In 1861 Butlerow obtained a sugar-like substance, methylenitan, by digesting trioxymethylene, the solid polymer of formaldehyde, with lime.
Butlerow, Jahresb., 1864, p. 496; Ann.