Friedrich Stockhausen, German chemist, came from Cannstatt, near Stuttgart. He was awarded a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in July 1883 with a thesis entitled Beiträge zur kenntnis der aluminiumchlorid-reaktionen. I. Nitrokörper und aluminiumchlorid. 2. Beiträge zur kenntnis der aromatischen ketone (40p). Two papers with titles identical to numbers 1 and 2 in the thesis were later published by Stockhausen and L. Gattermann in the Berichte der Deutschen Chemischen Gesellschaft (1892).
In 1897 Stockhausen was on a visit to South Africa and at a meeting of the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa in Johannesburg on 17 April that year delivered a paper on "Liquation in cyanide bars", dealing with the purification of gold bars by the separation of impurities during melting. The paper was published in the society's Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 38-45). He became a member of the society, but his membership lapsed during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).