Execution of Lavoisier, 8 May 1794

Execution of Lavoisier, 8 May 1794

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Caption: Execution of Lavoisier (red coat, centre) on 8 May 1794 in Paris, France. The French nobleman and chemist Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794) is considered the father of modern chemistry. He studied oxygen and hydrogen and stated the law of the conservation of mass. He was also a tax collector, and following the French Revolution he was put on trial and sentenced to be executed by guillotine. Artwork from Les Martyrs de la Science (G. Tissandier, 1882).

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