Science Birthdays, May 4

5/41825           Thomas Huxley           biologist          “Darwin’s Bulldog” advocate of Darwin’s evolutionary theory, little formal schooling, but went on to become one of the most knowledgeable men in England. he named the phylum coelenterata, invented the word agnostic. He died in 1895 at age 70.

5/4/1777          Louis Thenard             chemist            rags to riches story, he studied chemistry under conditions of semi starvation, but eventually grew well-to-do by making a blue pigment that could withstand heat. His lifelong friend was Gay–Lussac. He discovered hydrogen peroxide in 1818 and wrote a four volume textbook on chemistry. He died in1857 at age 80.

 

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