Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac

December 6, 1778 through May 9, 1850 - Paris, France

A Brief Summary

He was born at Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat in present-day Haute-Vienne, a department, or province, in France. Throughout his adult life, he attended several prestigious schools and taught as a professor in them. He also achieved scientific recognition for his work in:
1802 (formulated Gay-Lussac's Law)
1804 (ascended to a height of 6.4 km in an attempt to investigate Earth's atmosphere with Jean-Baptiste Biot)
1805 (discovered that the composition of the atmosphere does not change with decreasing pressure with Alexander von Humboldt, also discovered that water is made up of two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen)
1808 (co-discovered boron)
1810 (developed a method for quantitative elemental analysis with Louis Thenard)
1811 (recognized iodine as an element)
1824 (developed an improved burette, also coined pipette and burette), though his most famous achievement was the creation of Gay-Lussac's Law in 1802.

The Ideal Gas Law

Gay-Lussac's Law

The ratio between the volumes of the reactant gases and the products can be expressed in simple whole numbers.

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Period 7