Jons Jacob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, c 1830s.
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Jons Jacob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, c 1830s.

Kruger, Franz

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Photogravure after an earlier painting. Berzelius (1779-1848) devised the first consistently accurate method of using the oxidation technique developed by Joseph Louis Gay-Lusac (1778-1850) and Louis Jacques Thenard (1777-1857); a technique which allowed surveys of organic composition to be made. His accurate determination of atomic weights established the laws of combination and John Dalton's (1766-1844) atomic theory. He introduced modern chemical symbols and discovered the elements selenium, thorium and cerium. From a collection of portraits of scientists, Berlin, 1910. Dimensions: 460mm x 340mm.



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