Who Is The Father Of Chemistry?

Here is a look at the best answers to this question and the reasons why each of these people may be considered to be the Father of Chemistry, by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D
Robert Boyle


Father of Early Chemistry
Father of Chemistry
Jabir ibn Hayyan (Geber)
Introduced the experimental method to alchemy, circa 815.

Father of Modern Chemistry
Antoine Lavoisier
Book: Elements of Chemistry (1787)

Father of Modern Chemistry
Robert Boyle
Book: The Sceptical Chymist (1661)

Father of Modern Chemistry
Jöns Berzelius
developed chemical nomenclature in the 1800s

Father of Modern Chemistry
John Dalton
revived atomic theory

Father of Early Atomic Theory
founded atomism in cosmology

Father of Atomic Theory
Father of Modern Atomic Theory
John Dalton
first to propose the atom as a building block of matter

Father of Modern Atomic Theory
Father Roger Boscovich
described what came to be known as modern atomic theory, about a century before others formalized the theory

Father of Nuclear Chemistry
Otto Hahn
Book: Applied Radiochemistry (1936)
first person to split the atom (1938)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering nuclear fission (1944)

Father of the Periodic Table
Dmitri Mendeleev
arranged all the known elements in order of increasing atomic weight, according to periodic properties (1869)

Father of Physical Chemistry
Hermann von Helmholtz
for his theories on thermodynamics, conservation of energy and electrodynamics

Father of Physical Chemistry
Founder of Chemical Thermodynamics
Willard Gibbs
published the first unified body of theorems describing thermodynamics

  Source: http://chemistry.about.com/od/historyofchemistry/a/Who-Is-The-Father-Of-Chemistry.htm

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