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Dmitri Mendeleev: The Father Of Modern Chemistry

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Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist that made many breakthroughs is science. He is mostly known for creating the periodic table. Mendeleev’s work is still used today worldwide. Most of Mendeleev’s life was a struggle but he overcame all of them to become one of the world’s greatest scientists
Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev was born on February 8 1834 in the small village of Verckhine right outside of Siberia. His parents were Ivan and Maria Mendeleev. Dmitri had between eleven and seventeen siblings but nobody knows the exact number. His dad Ivan was a well known teacher, but for unknown reason became blind and soon after died forcing his mother Maria to reopen a family glass factory to support her large family, which soon after burned down. Mendeleev’s grandpa was a preacher in the Russian Orthodox Church. His family was very religious. (1)
Mendeleev was lucky enough to attend a gymnasium in Tobask Russia and became interested science epically chemistry. His mother saw more potential in him than her other children. So when Mendeleev finished school she took him all the way from Siberia to Moscow on horseback to the University of Moscow with no money. Mendeleev’s mom was hoping to show The University of Moscow Mendeleev and for them to let him in but they were turned down.
After they were turned down at the University of Moscow Mendeleev and his mother rode on horseback to St. Petersburg because his father had connections there. St. Petersburg accepted him for free. Right after he got expected his mother died. He became a hardworking student and learned a lot which allowed him to get a job. Mendeleev was interested in physics, hydrodynamics, meteorology, geology but especially chemistry. (1) After a few years in college in 1855 he got tuberculosis casing him to move to Crimean peninsula where he taught at the Simferopol Gymnasium
After Mendeleev came back he became a professor at St. Petersburg. He was very popular with his students. He made St. Petersburg the chemistry hub of the world and made his students the best chemist is Russia. He did not like the chemistry textbook his students were using so he wrote his own textbook. “On the principles of chemistry," this was against the rules of the college. Mendeleev dedicated his whole life to science; he lived in an apartment connecting to St. Petersburg where he would stay up and study the elements that have been discovered. (2)
After he finished college he got a job working on the capillary of liquids which is testing the ability of liquid to move within a tube, he was praised a lot for is work in that. There he fell in love with Feozva Leshcheva and they got married on April fourth 1862 in the church at St. Petersburg, right next to the building he worked at. (3)
After years of work Mendeleev, with the help form other scientists, started to create the periodic law. Mendeleev was one of the only early scientists that allowed others to help him. He started to formulate his...

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