(2 April 1844 – 26 January 1941) was a German agricultural chemist
, active in Germany, the United States, and Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Loew was born in Marktredwitz
, where his father was a pharmacist. He studied at the University of Munich
under the noted chemist Justus von Liebig
. Loew was the assistant in plant physiology
at the City College of New York
and participated in four expeditions to the southwestern states of the United States
in 1882 before returning to Munich
, where he collaborated with Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli
. Loew became associate professor at Munich University
in 1886. In 1893, he was recruited by the Meiji government
as a foreign advisor
, and travelled to Tokyo
, where he remained to 1898. Loew served as instructor at Tokyo Imperial University
between 1893–1907, succeeding Oskar Kellner
as professor of agricultural chemistry
. He trained many notable Japanese chemists, including Umetaro Suzuki
. While in Japan, he researched the effects of lime
on acidic soils.
On the expiration of his contract in 1898, Loew moved to Washington, D.C.
where he worked in the United States Department of Agriculture
to 1900. In Washington, he found it very scattered enzyme catalase and carried out investigations on of calcium and Magnesium influence on plant development. He worked for a short time in Puerto Rico
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