Laurent Lavoisier is considered by many to be the "father of modern
chemistry". He may not be remembered for grandiose experiments,
but he is responsible for having forced the evolution of a world which
was firmly ensconced in the doctrines of alchemists.
Another interesting fact is that Lavoisier's wife,
Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze was also instrumental in bringing his
experiments to fruition, and more importantly, to publication, being
well educated and a talented artist herself, she translated documents
and illustrated his scientific texts with incredible competence.
We hope this website, which contains a biography and important
facts about Antoine Lavoisier will help you better understand the
importance of his contribution to the field of chemistry, and the
world of science in general.
It is only fitting that we conclude our introduction with the
words of Justus von Liebig, who in Letters on Chemistry,
No. 3, has this to say about Lavoisier:
“He discovered no new body, no new
property, no natural phenomenon previously unknown; but all ‘the
facts established by him were the necessary consequences of the labours
of those who preceded him. His merit, his immortal glory,
consists in this—that he infused into the body of the science a new
spirit; but all the members of that body were already in existence,
and rightly joined together.”