Laurent, Auguste

Laurent, Auguste (1807-1853)

Born: St. Maurice (France), 1807 
Died: Paris (France), 1853 

Laurent earned a degree as a mining engineer (1837), and served as assistant to Dumas, then he became professor of chemistry at Bordeaux (1838). Laurent fought against the dualistic theory of Berzelius. He classified organic compounds according to the characteristic groupings of atoms within a molecule. His suggestion formed the basis of the Geneva nomenclature adopted for organic chemistry in 1892. 

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Link icon Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography: Laurent, Auguste (1807-1853)
French chemist who, as a student of Dumas was given the responsibility of determining the problems with the candles in the French King’s 1833 soireé.