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Berthelot, Pierre Eugene Marcelin

Born: 1827 AD
Died: 1907 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Chemists, Politician


1827 - Born on October 27th in Paris, France. French chemist and politician.

1854 - He made his reputation by his doctoral thesis, Sur les combinaisons de la glycérine avec les acides, which described a series of beautiful researches in continuation and amplification of Michel-Eugène Chevreul's classical work.

1859 - He was appointed professor of organic chemistry at the École Suprieure de Pharmacie.

1863 - He became a member of the Academy of Medicine.

1865 - He was appointed professor of organic chemistry at the École Suprieure de Pharmacie.

1868 - He analyzed samples of the Orgueil meteorite and reported finding in them hydrocarbons of the alkane family "comparable with the oils of petroleum".

1876-1881 - He was appointed inspector-general of higher education, and after his election as life senator, he continued to take an active interest in educational questions, especially as affected by compulsory military service.

1889 - Entered the Academy of Sciences, of which he became perpetual secretary.

1895 - Appointed as the foreign minister.

1897 - He was also the author of Science et philosophie, which contains a well-known letter to Renan on "La Science idéale et la science positive", of La Révolution chimique, Lavoisier, of Science et morale, and of numerous articles in La Grande Encyclopédie, which he helped to establish.

1901 - His scientific jubilee was celebrated in Paris.

         - His investigations on the synthesis of organic compounds were published in numerous papers and books, including Chimie organique fondée sur la synthèse and Les Cerbures d'hydrogène.

1907 - Died on March 18th in Paris, France.


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