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Antoine Lavoisier

 

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794)

"Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed." Antoine Laurent Lavoisier is considered by many to be the "father of modern chemistry".  He may not be remembered for grandiose experiments, but he is responsible for having forced the evolution of a world which was firmly ensconced in the doctrines of alchemists.

Another interesting fact is that Lavoisier's wife, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze was also instrumental in bringing his experiments to fruition, and more importantly, to publication, being well educated and a talented artist herself, she translated documents and illustrated his scientific texts with incredible competence.

We hope this website, which contains a biography and important facts about Antoine Lavoisier will help you better understand the importance of his contribution to the field of chemistry, and the world of science in general.

It is only fitting that we conclude  our introduction with the words of Justus von Liebig, who in Letters on Chemistry, No. 3, has this to say about Lavoisier:

“He discovered no new body, no new property, no natural phenomenon previously unknown; but all ‘the facts established by him were the necessary consequences of the labours of those who preceded him. His merit, his immortal glory, consists in this—that he infused into the body of the science a new spirit; but all the members of that body were already in existence, and rightly joined together.”


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