Karl von Reichenbach

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Baron Karl von Reichenbach
Karl von Reichenbach - litho.jpg

Lithographic portrait by Rudolph Hoffmann

Born 12 February 1788(1788-02-12) 
Stuttgart, Duchy of Württemberg, Holy Roman Empire
Died 19 January 1869 (80)
Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony, North German Confederation
Alma mater University of Tübingen (Ph.D., 1821)[i]
Known for Od force

Karl Ludwig Friedrich von Reichenbach (February 12, 1788 - January 19, 1869) was a German industrialist and engineer who studied in the fields of metallurgy, chemistry (specifically distillates of coal and wood tar), and geology (for which efforts he was made, in 1839, a Freiherr [Baron] by King Wilhelm of Württemberg), as well as a naturalist researcher and philosopher, known today for his research into meteorites and for his reported discovery of what he called Od (odic) force.

Selected Bibliography

in German

  • von Reichenbach, Karl (1833), Das Kreosot: ein neuentdeckter Bestandtheil des gemeinen Rauches, des Holzessigs und aller Arten von Theer, Halle: Eduard Anton 
  • Freiherr von Reichenbach, Karl (1845), Physikalisch-Physiologische Untersuchungen: über die Dynamide des Magnetismus, der Elektricität, der Wärme, des Lichtes, der Kristallisation, des Chemismus in ihren Beziehungen zur Lebenskraft 
  • Freiherr von Reichenbach, Karl (1852), Odisch-Magnetische Briefe 
  • Freiherr von Reichenbach, Karl (1855), Der sensitive Mensch und sein Verhalten zum Ode 
  • Freiherr von Reichenbach, Karl (1858), Die Pflanzenwelt in ihren Beziehungen zur Sensitivität und zum Ode, etc. 
  • Freiherr von Reichenbach, Karl (1867), Die Odische Lohe und einige Bewegungserscheinungen als neu entdeckte Formen dee Odischen Prinzips in der Natur, Wien: Braumüller 

in English



  1. Interestingly, Reichenbach was granted this degree on the basis of his extracurricular works, having not completed his studies at Tübingen, though he had briefly attended the school beginning in 1807. His matriculation was cut short by an arrest and imprisonment related to his involvement with a secret society, Otaheiti-Gesellschaft (Otaheiti Society), which had the objective of promoting the establishment of a German colony in Tahiti. Refer: