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Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent

Born: 1743 AD
Died: 1794 AD, at 50 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Chemists


French Chemist and called the "father of modern chemistry".


1743- Born 26th of August.


1754-1761 - Attended the College Mazarin studying chemistry, botany, astronomy, and mathematics.


1764 - His first chemical publication appeared.


1767 - Worked on a geological survey of Alsace-Lorraine.


         - Elected a member of the French Academy of Sciences, France's most elite scientific society.


1768 - Worked for an essay on street lighting and in recognition for his earlier research.


1769 - He worked on the first geological map of France.


         - Attempted to introduce reforms in the French monetary and taxation system.


1771 - Married the 13-year-old Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, the daughter of a co-owner of the Ferme.


1775 - Lavoisier served in the Royal Gunpowder Administration.


Lavoisier's most important experiments examined the nature of combustion, or burning.


1783 - Discovered that the flammable air of Henry Cavendish which he termed hydrogen (Greek for "water-

former"), combined with oxygen to produce a dew, as Joseph Priestley had reported, which appeared to be



1789 - Wrote "Traite elementaire de chimie".


1794 - Lavoisier was branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists.


        - Convicted, and executed on the 8th of May in Paris.





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