Achard, Franz Karl

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Achard, Franz Karl

(fränts kärl äkh`ärt), 1753–1821, German chemist. He made pioneer use of the discovery by his countryman Andreas Marggraf of sugar in beetroots. The government granted him an estate in Silesia where, in 1806, he succeeded in producing beet sugar. Among his other contributions is the discovery of a method for working platinum.