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Berzelius, Jons Jakob, Baron

Born: 1779 AD
Died: 1848 AD
Nationality: Swedish
Categories: Chemists

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.