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J.J. Loschmidt (1820-1895): A self-effacing but gifted chemist

Palmer, Bill (2006). J.J. Loschmidt (1820-1895): A self-effacing but gifted chemist. In: Milutinovic, V. International Conference on Advances in the Internet, Processing, Systems and Interdisciplinary Research, Boston, 6-9 December 2006.

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Author Palmer, Bill
Title J.J. Loschmidt (1820-1895): A self-effacing but gifted chemist
Conference Name International Conference on Advances in the Internet, Processing, Systems and Interdisciplinary Research
Conference Location Boston
Conference Dates 6-9 December 2006
Conference Publication Title VIPSI - 2006 - Boston
Editor Milutinovic, V.
Place of Publication Belgrade, Serbia
Publisher IPSI Belgrade
Publication Year 2006
ISBN 86-7466-117-3   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 11
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract J.J. Loschmidt was an Austrian chemist who died more than one hundred years ago. A few older chemists may have used textbooks that refer to the Loschmidt number rather than the Avogadro number; this is because he was the first person to provide a reasonable estimate of what would now be called the Avogadro number. He was also amongst the first scientists to unravel the structure of Benzene; a few historians of science consider that he should have precedence over Kekule in this matter. He was born into a very poor family, became a manufacturer of chemicals, but was unsuccessful as an industrialist. He became a school teacher and eventually obtained a post at the university of Vienna as a lecturer. He was intensely modest and it will be argued that his personal modesty may explain why he is not better known today.
 
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