André-Louis Debierne, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


André-Louis Debierne

French chemist

Date of Birth: 14-Jul-1874

Place of Birth: 20th arrondissement of Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 31-Aug-1949

Profession: physicist, chemist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About André-Louis Debierne

  • André-Louis Debierne (French pronunciation: ?[?~d?e lwi d?bj??n]; 14 July 1874 – 31 August 1949) was a French chemist and is considered the discoverer of the element actinium. Debierne studied at the elite École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI ParisTech).
  • He was a student of Charles Friedel, was a close friend of Pierre and Marie Curie and was associated with their work.
  • In 1899, he discovered the radioactive element actinium, as a result of continuing the work with pitchblende that the Curies had initiated. After the death of Pierre Curie in 1906, Debierne helped Marie Curie carry on and worked with her in teaching and research. In 1910, he and Marie Curie prepared radium in metallic form in visible amounts.
  • They did not keep it metallic, however.
  • Having demonstrated the metal's existence as a matter of scientific curiosity, they reconverted it into compounds with which they might continue their researches.

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