1743 – Lavoisier – bio

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier was born in 1743 in Paris, France and worked in the fields of chemistry and biology. He helped construct the metric system and also helped to create “The Method of Chemical Nomenclature” which was the first modern attempt to classify elements. He was considered to be the “father” of modern chemistry. Lavoisier is most known for turning away from the popular phlogiston theory of combustion and in the process, discovering the role played by oxygen in all forms of oxidation, including the rapid combustion of fire. He gave both oxygen and hydrogen their names.

PRECURSOR:
-0384 – Aristotle
-0280 – Philo
0721 – Jabir
1627 – Boyle
1662 – Boyle’s law
1667 – phlogiston theory

CONCURRENT:
1728 – Black
1731 – Cavendish
1733 – Priestly
1749 – Laplace

SUBSEQUENT:
1766 – Dalton
1779 – Berzelius

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