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Person of the Week: Dmitri Mendeleev

Published: September 17, 2019

Дмитрий Менделеев (Dmitri Mendeleev) was a Russian chemist and inventor, perhaps best known for his creation of the periodic table of elements! Mendeleyev, the youngest of 14 siblings, was born on February 8th, 1834 in a village outside of Tobolsk. When he was a teenager, he and his mother relocated to St. Petersburg where he enrolled in the Main Pedagogical Institute (which eventually became a part of Saint Petersburg State University), from which he graduated in 1885. After a few years of teaching, Mendeleev returned to school to pursue a master’s degree and began to conduct his own research in organic chemistry. He spent two years in Germany studying at the University of Heidelberg, continuing to conduct chemistry research from his own apartment. After returning to St. Petersburg, he began teaching as a professor at the Technological Institute, and soon after became a professor of chemical technology at the University of Saint Petersburg (now Saint Petersburg state University). During his professorship, Mendeleev began to compose his own textbook and during the course of writing this textbook discovered periodic law, which he presented to the Russian Chemical Society in March of 1869.