Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Leverkus was born on 5.11.1804 in Wermelskirchen. From 1822 he studied in a pharmacy in Winningen, but studied at the same time in Marburg. Later he relocated to Paris but maintained his "double life": he continued to work as a pharmacist and studied chemistry at the Sorbonne in the evening.
From entrepreneur to namesake
In 1834 he founded a paint factory in Wermelskirchen, where ultramarine was produced. In 1862 he moved because of the poor transport links his factory from Wermelskirchen to Wiesdorf. The factory became a model institute with state-of-the-art technical facilities and good facilities for its workers, for which it built apartments and a convenience store. The area he named - quite immodest - after himself "Leverkusen".
In 1891 his sons sold the factory premises to Bayer. In 1930, Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Leverkus named after the city of Leverkusen.