Where can we find the inventors of all chemicals?

Discoverers of elements are easily found.

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    $\begingroup$ First of all, I think "discoverer" is a better word than 'inventor". Also, there are well over ten million chemical compounds previously described, and a humongous amount more are out there. I am sure that the discoverers of most chemicals have been lost to time and sheer disinterest. $\endgroup$ Jul 9 '15 at 14:35
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    $\begingroup$ @NicolauSakerNeto beat me to it. The scope of such a research and documentation task is mind-boggling. $\endgroup$
    – hBy2Py
    Jul 9 '15 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ There are >100 million substances listed in SciFinder, with 15,000 added daily. Any new ('invented') substances will most likely have their inventors listed there as a reference to the chemical literature. The discoverers of very common/simple/naturally occurring compounds is likely lost to time or don't have definitive answers. $\endgroup$
    – jerepierre
    Jul 9 '15 at 15:34
  • $\begingroup$ At this moment, I have searched all websites mentioned by helpers here, but I cannot get the results. I have also tried ChemSpider. $\endgroup$ Jul 9 '15 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ For 'digermane' specifically, a google search leads to wikipedia which states "Digermane was first synthesized and examined in 1924 by Dennis, Corey, and Moore" with a reference to their paper. But this only points out that if the information is out there, it is not all in one place. $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    Jul 9 '15 at 16:11

I doubt you can find all the information in one place, but I suspect that between the Beilstein, the Merck Index, PubChem, CAS, and patent office filings, you can find most of what you seek. That said, there will still be a healthy component of academic and proprietary findings that will prove to be hard/impossible/expensive to get.


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