Dmitri Mendeleev

February 8, 1834- February 2, 1907

He made the periodic table in Heidelberg, Germany in 1869.

In 1860 Bunsen and his colleague Gustav Kirchhoff discovered the element cesium using chemical spectroscopy

In 1860, Mendeleev attended the first ever international chemistry conference, which took place in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Working like a demon, in just 61 days the 27 year old chemist poured out his knowledge in a 500 page textbook: Organic Chemistry.

Convinced that he was close to discovering something significant, Mendeleev moved the cards about for hour after hour until finally he fell asleep at his desk. When he awoke, he found that his subconscious mind had done his work for him! He now knew the pattern the elements followed.

A very popular Russian story is that it was Mendeleev who came up with the 40% standard strength of vodka in 1894

Mendeleev is given credit for the introduction of the metric system to the Russian Empire.

He invented pyrocollodion, a kind of smokeless powder based on nitrocellulose

Mendeleev studied petroleum origin and concluded hydrocarbons are abiogenic and form deep within the earth

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