Country of origin: Latvia
Associated place in Tartu: University’s main building
Lived in Tartu: 1804–1814, 1820–1823
Friend, let us fearlessly, but with devotion step into nature and great will be our pure, high pleasure
from Grindel’s work Briefe über die Chemie zur belehrenden Unterhaltung für Dilettanten (Tartu, 1812).
Image: Georg Friedrich Schlater University of Tartu Library, art collection, ÜR 949
Grindel’s grandfather was a serf who fled a manor to Riga, found work in the city and became one of the first Latvians to become a citizen of Riga. Grindel studied in Jena, took his pharmacist’s examination in St. Petersburg and bought a pharmacy. In 1804, he sold the business and became a professor of chemistry and pharmacy at the University of Tartu. In 1810-1812, Grindel served as the rector. From 1814 to 1820, Grindel again worked as pharmacist and then decided to become a doctor. He returned to the University of Tartu, this time as a university student. The pharmaceutical firm Grindex was named after him.