Berzelius, Jons Jakob, Baron
Born: Aug 20, 1779 AD
Died: 1848 AD, at 68 years of age.
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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