Jons Jacob Berzelius

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Birthday
20, 1779
Birthplace
Sweden
Death Date
Aug 7, 1848 (68)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
20, 1779
Birthplace
Sweden
Death Date
Aug 7, 1848 (68)

About

Swedish chemist who is considered to be one of the founders of modern chemistry. He discovered the elements cerium and thorium.

Before Fame

Beginning in 1807, he worked as a professor in chemistry and pharmacy at the Karolinska Institute.

Trivia

He disproved Prout's hypothesis which said that elements were built up of atoms of hydrogen.

Family Life

When he was 56, he married Elisabeth Poppius, the 24-year old daughter of a Swedish cabinet minister.

Associated With

He and Alfred Nobel were both famous chemists from Sweden.