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  • Berzelius, Baron Jöns Jakob 1779-1848. Swedish chemist who published a table of atomic weights (1828); contributed to electrochemical theory; discovered cerium (1803), zirconium (1824), and titanium (1825); and isolated silicon (1823).

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  • n. Swedish chemist who discovered three new elements and determined the atomic weights of many others (1779-1848)


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  • Your present lecturer is a modest follower in Berzelius's footsteps.

    Theodore W. Richards - Nobel Lecture

  • In preparing a chemistry textbook in Swedish for his medical students (Lärboki Kemien, vol. 1, 1808), Berzelius began the series of experiments for which he became most famous — those definitively establishing that the elements in inorganic substances are bound together in definite proportions by weight (the law of constant proportions).

    Berzelius, Jöns Jakob

  • Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779 – 1848) was one of Humphry Davy's contemporaries and rivals.

    Berzelius, Jöns Jakob

  • Berzelius was born into a well-educated Swedish family, but he experienced a difficult childhood because first his father and then his mother died.

    Berzelius, Jöns Jakob

  • Berzelius also applied his organizing abilities to mineralogy, where he classified minerals by their chemical composition rather than by their crystalline type, as had previously been done.

    Berzelius, Jöns Jakob

  • Berzelius was also a great organizer of men and institutions.

    Berzelius, Jöns Jakob

  • Jacob Berzelius and Justus von Liebig, had advocated a chemical basis for life.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The Development of Modern Chemistry

  • Buchner's experiments showed unequivocally that fermentation is a catalytic process caused by the action of enzymes, as had been suggested by Berzelius for all life processes, and Buchner called his extract zymase

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The Development of Modern Chemistry

  • As a compensation the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences gave him, in 1977, its highest honor, other than the Nobel Prize, the Berzelius

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The Development of Modern Chemistry

  • Then I realized it wasn't Gantry of whom I was reminded so much as another Lewis character, Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, the politician who poses as a populist, then once elected president turns the United States into a fascist dictatorship, aided by an angry, unknowing electorate and a paramilitary group called the Minute Men.

    Michael Winship: The Awful Price for Teaching Less Than We Know


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