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Berzelius, Jons Jakob, Baron

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Born: 1779 AD
Died: 1848 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: Swedish
Categories: Chemists

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1779 - Born on the 7th of August in Väversunda, Östergötland, Sweden.

1796-1801 - Studied at Uppsala University and earned the profession of medical doctor.

         - Worked as beginner in a pharmacy and with a physician in the Medevi mineral springs.

         - He examined the influence of galvanic current on several diseases.

1807 - Appointed professor in chemistry and pharmacy at the Karolinska Institute.

         - He discovered the law of constant proportions.

1808 - He joined the Stockholm Academy of Sciences.

1815 - He started a 17-year career as a chemistry professor at the Carolin Medico-Chirurgical Institute, also in Stockholm.

1818 - He became the permanent secretary of the Stockholm Academy of Sciences.

1823 - Berzelius was the first person to isolate silicon, and thus he is credited with its discovery.

1828 - He introduced modern symbols, an electrochemical theory, discovered the elements selenium, thorium, and cerium, and first isolated others.

         - Berzelius was the first individual to make the distinction between organic compounds and inorganic compounds.

1835 - Married Elisabeth Poppius, the daughter of a Swedish cabinet minister.

         - He was made a baron.

1848 - He died on 7th of August in Stockholm, Sweden.

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