Gay-Lussac, Joseph Louis (1778-1850)
Gay-Lussac, Joseph Louis
Born: St. Leonard (France), 1778
Died: Paris (France), 1850
Gay-Lussac studied at the Ecole Polytechnique. He graduated in 1800. He became professor in chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique (1806), in physics in the Sorbonne (1809) and in chemistry in the Jardin des Plantes (1832). In 1802 he showed that different gases all expanded by equal amounts with a rise in temperature. He isolated boron without electricity (1808). In 1809 he announced the law of combining volumes of gases. He added new techniques to the armory of analytical chemistry. In 1811 he determined the elementary composition of sugar for the first time.
Joseph Gay-Lussac, a French chemist and physicist, is known for his studies on the physical properties of gases.
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac was born on December 6, 1778.