Escutcheons of Science
 Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz

Coat-of-arms of August Kekulé von Stradonitz (1829-1896)
best known for his discovery of the structure of benzene (1865)

The above depiction of the coat-of-arms of Kekulé is due to Jochen Wilke.
The background is a conventional representation of the benzene molecule
(although actual benzene has hexagonal rather than triangular symmetry).
[ © 2004 Jochen Wilke.  This copyrighted image is reproduced here by permission. ]

Gules, three angled fleams Argent pallwise [blades pointing counterclockwise]
between three trefoils Vert 
[pallwise inverted, in heart].
Crest:  A horse fleam Argent.   Mantling:  Gules and Argent.


In the above, the bracketed terms were introduced to lift
the ambiguities of the ancient German blazon which reads:

In Rot drei in Form eines Schächerkreuzes zusammengefügte, von drei
grünen Kleeblättern gewinkelte silberne Rossflieten oder Lasseisen. 
Auf der Helm mit rot-silbernen Decken eine silberne Rossfliete.

Notes  [edited summary] :


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