Mendeleev 's The Periodic Table Of The Elements

1512 WordsJan 31, 20157 Pages
Dmitri Mendeleev, who developed the periodic table of the elements, was one of sciences most influential leaders. Before Mendeleev, religion and beliefs shaped people’s choices rather than science and facts. Mendeleev’s fame and dedication changed that. Throughout his life, Mendeleev was a leader in science and the legacy he left behind led others to discover new elements and facilitate chemistry for generations to come. Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev was born on February 8th, 1834 in Tobolsk, Russia. Mendeleev was the seventeenth child out of seventeen born to Ivan Mendeleev and Maria Kornilyeva. Three of the children died at birth. All fourteen of the children who lived received Christian names. Mendeleev’s father, Ivan Pavlovich Mendeleev, became blind the same year Mendeleev was born, which left the family in a difficult position. While Mendeleev’s family was affluent and successful, they did not have excess wealth. After his father became blind and unable to work, Mendeleev’s mother took a job governing her brother’s glass factory in hope that the money would assist in raising her children. The outcome was dismal and eventually the glass factory burnt down. At age seven, a year earlier than was normally allowed, Mendeleev started his education at the gymnasium his father had taught at. Throughout his primary education, Mendeleev was average in all classes except chemistry, where he earned much higher marks. He graduated a year early from the gymnasium at age fifteen.
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