Lithograph of A.Lavoisier made in 1830

Lithograph of A.Lavoisier made in 1830

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Caption: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794), the 'Father of Modern Chemistry' after a lithograph of 1830. Lavoisier was instrumental in the use of accurate measurement in chemistry for the study of the composition of materials, oxidation and other combustion reactions. It was Lavoisier who correctly deduced the contribution of oxygen in the air to combustion, and that air consisted of oxygen and nitrogen. His book "Methods of Chemical Nomenclature" of 1787 set the method of naming substances by their composition of elements which is still used today. Lavoisier was guillotined by French revolutionary radicals in 1794 on farcical charges made by his life-long rival Marat.

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