famous chemists


In 1851 Hippolyte Visart de Bocarmé lost his father, Julien Visart de Bocarmé, a descendant of the noble Belgian family Visart de Bocarmé, and expected some money to be coming his way. Hippolyte was married with four kids and was constantly in need of cash. He soon learned that his father’s estate was actually inherited by his brother in law, Gustave Fougnies. Gustave was a weak man with no children so Hippolyte figured he wouldn’t have long to wait for that inheritance to come his way. Much to his dismay, Gustav announced he was going to be getting married. On November 20th, 1850, he invited Gustave for dinner and sometime during that dinner Gustave Fougnies died. Both Hippolyte and his wife were there and both said that he passed from a stroke. Upon further examination of the body though it was discovered Gustave had been murdered, forced to swallow a corrosive and poisonous substance. Jean Servais Stas, a famous Belgian chemist, was able to prove with a toxicological examination that Hippolyte Visart de Bocarmé had used tobacco extract to poison his own brother in law. His method was the first proof of alkaloids (a group of naturally occurring chemical compounds) in forensic science and is, fundamentally, still the same method used today. Hippolyte’s trial lasted three weeks until the verdict came in, the court pronounced him guilty and gave him the death sentence. His wife was acquitted of the murder charge. On July 19th, 1851, Hippolyte was taken to the guillotine at Grand-Place in Mons and executed. Pictured above: a depiction of Hippolyte and his wife, a depiction of the crime, a depiction of Hippolyte, a map of Belgium from the same era, a book written about the crime by Pierre Bouchardon, the chemist Jean Stas and lastly where Hippolyte lived and where the crime occurred Chateau de Bitremont then and as it is now.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
—  Marie Curie (November 7, 1867 – July 4, 1934) was a Polish physicist and chemist famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes—in physics and chemistry. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

November 7th 1867: Marie Curie born

On this day in 1867, the famous Polish physicist and chemist Marie Curie was born in Warsaw. She was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska and became Marie Curie after her marriage to fellow scientist Pierre Curie. She is best known for her work on radioactivity and her discovery of the elements polonium and radium. Marie Curie is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most-accomplished scientists of all time, becoming the first female recipient of a Nobel Prize and the first female professor at the University of Paris. She died in 1934 aged 66 but her legacy continues today, especially through the British organisation Marie Curie Cancer Care which looks after cancer patients.


Demonstrating an explosive: mercury(II)-fulminate!

Mercury(II)-fulminate and other fulminates are quite interesting compounds, the fulminate anion’s chemical composition is identical with the cyanate anion (fulminate: -CNO, cyanate: -OCN), only the sequence of the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen is different. With the this small difference something important also changes: cyanates are white powders, doing nothing when heated, while fulminates (especially silver and mercury and other heavy metal fulminartes) explode upon heating

Interesting fact no. 1: when mercury fulminate detonates one of the decomposition products is elemental mercury what is left behind on the surface where it exploded (in the case on the surface of the paper) and it lets us see where did the “reaction happened”. 

Interesting fact no. 2: the famous chemist Justus Liebig when he was a teenager published an experimental writeup (his first publication) about how can we prepare safely silver(I)-fulmite what is also a powerful, light, heat, friction and everything sensitive explosive. 

anonymous asked:

a case you say? well have i got a case for you! A very famous chemist was found murdered in his kitchen today. The police have narrowed it down to six suspects. They know it was a two man job. Their names: Felice, Maxwell, Archibald, Nicolas, Jordan, and Xavier. A note was also found with the body: ’26-3-58/28-27-57-16′. Who are the killers? good luck Mr Holmes

Sherlock: Felice and Nicolas. 

Very sloppy of them, spelling their names out with the periodic table.

I need a first name for Ms. Mendeleiev to use in the story, so I was researching famous female chemists alive during the same time as Dmitri Mendeleev (the man who formulated Periodic Law and basically created the foundation of the modern periodic table) and ended up in an absolute rabbit hole of neato wiki pages.

In the end I picked Irène , after Irène Joliot-Curie the french scientist who, in 1935, was awarded the Noble Prize in chemistry for her discovery of artificial radioactivity. Both of her parents were physicists and chemists who also earned Nobel Prizes (making them the family with the most Nobel laureates ever)

So my Fanon name for  Ms. Mendeleiev is Irène Mendeleiev. I will use this until otherwise proven wrong. 


26.7.15 // 10:16PM

I have had a VERY productive evening and have made revision notes on C1.2! Chemistry notes are always the most pretty. I might repost these tomorrow when I have natural (better) lighting.

The blank space at the bottom of the second page is really annoying me, does anyone know any good quotes by famous chemists/scientists or about chemistry? Let me know!

horseandlionauthorship  asked:

I'm currently writing a lesbian story with a black love interest that goes to college. I don't want to smack the reader over the head with it, but I want it understood. I've referenced directly that her hair is braided and beaded, that her study tools included a game where one of the pieces is a famous black female chemist, and that her sister is auditioning for the part of Tiana at Disneyland, so I think I'm covered. Should I just out and said it in the narrative anyway? I've been conflicted.

Indicating Black Characters and Avoiding Whitewashing

Those are strong indicators that I feel folks should get the hint with, but as many people are just adjusting to anything but White as the default, some might still question to themselves; so…is she Black?

You could describe her more physically, such as facial features or skin color if her skin is some variant of brown. I personally would figure she was Black from your noting her braided hair, the study tools, and the sister auditioning for Tiana, but i’m not everyone.

I think if you’d like more of a safety cushion, though, mentioning it outright in the narrative and/or adding note on skin color (if brown or black) should work. I’d avoid jampacking every moment to note she’s Black, though. No need to other her, so distribution set into the story in a natural way should do it.

It can be tough getting people to “get” what your character is when whitewashing is so rampant. A character can be utterly, notably a Person of Color and people will ignore or “miss” that so it’s really a matter of judgement of how much to nail in that your character is Black.

In summary; good indicators, adding one or two more would make it even better.

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