The present volume is an attempt to skitch, in a style suitable for general reading, the lives of some of the most prominent chemists of the past. As it is obviously impossible for one person to deal with them all, the first great difficulty in such a project is to make the selection. After much reflection, the guiding principle adopted is the evolution of the Atomic Theory from the point of view of the Chemist.
GROUP I: ROBERT BOYLE, THE FATHER OF CHEMISTRY 1. Robert Boyle, 1627-1691 GROUP II: THE PHLOGISTIANS 2. Black, 1728-1799 3. Priestley, 1733-1804 4. Cavendish 1731-1810 5. Scheele, 1742-1786 GROUP III: THE ANTIPHLOGISTIC REVOLUTION 6. Lavoisier, 1743-1794 GROUP IV: ELECTRICITY IN THE SERVICE OF CHEMISTRY 7. Davy, 1778-1829 GROUP V: LAWS OF COMBINATION AND THE ATOMIC THEORY 8. Dalton, 1766-1844 9. Gay-Lussac, 1778-1850 10. Proust, 1755-1826 11. Berzelius, 1779-1848 GROUP VI: ELECTRO-CHEMISTRY 12. Faraday, 1791-1867 GROUP VII: MOLECULE AND ATOM DEFINED 13. Avogadro, 1776-1856 14. Cannizzaro, 1826-1910 GROUP VIII: EARLY ATTEMPTS AT CLASSIFICATION 15. Liebig, 1803-1873 16. Dumas, 1800-1884 GROUP IX: THEORIES OF CHEMICAL ACTION AND CONSTITUTION OF MOLECULES 17. Frankland, 1826-1899 18. Williamson, 1824-1904 GROUP X: CLASSIFICATION AND NATURE OF ELEMENTS 19. Mendeleeff, 1834-1907 20. Crookes, 1832-1919, 21. Ramsay 1852-1916
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