Marcellin Berthelot, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Marcellin Berthelot

French chemist and politician

Date of Birth: 25-Oct-1827

Place of Birth: Paris, ĂŽle-de-France, France

Date of Death: 18-Mar-1907

Profession: politician, professor, chemist, Esperantist, pedagogue

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Marcellin Berthelot

  • Pierre Eugène Marcellin Berthelot (French: [b??t?lo]; 1827–1907) was a French chemist and politician noted for the Thomsen–Berthelot principle of thermochemistry.
  • He synthesized many organic compounds from inorganic substances, providing a large amount of counter-evidence to the theory of Jöns Jakob Berzelius that organic compounds required organisms in their synthesis. Berthelot was convinced that chemical synthesis would revolutionize the food industry by the year 2000, and that synthesized foods would replace farms and pastures.
  • "Why not", he asked, "if it proved cheaper and better to make the same materials than to grow them?"He was considered "one of the most famous chemists in the world." Upon being appointed to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs for the French government in 1895, he was considered "the most eminent living chemist" in France.
  • In 1901, he was elected as one of the "Forty Immortals" of the AcadĂ©mie française. He gave all his discoveries not only to the French government but to humanity.

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