Alfred Bertheim was born in 1879 and studied
chemistry in Strasbourg and Berlin, where he gained his doctorate in
1901. He served as an assistant to Privy Councilor Liebermann and Professor
Rosenheim in Berlin. In 1904 and 1905, he worked as a manufacturing
chemist in Bitterfeld before moving to the Georg-Speyer-Haus in 1906.
There, together with Paul Ehrlich, he elucidated the chemical constitution
of atoxyl and synthesized innumerable arsenobenzene compounds. He was
also responsible for the synthesis of Salvarsan and published "Ein
Handbuch der organischen Arsenverbindungen" (A handbook of organic
arsenic compounds). Bertheim enlisted as a war volunteer and died in
an accident in Berlin on August 17, 1914.