Sunday, October 02, 2011

Injustice - Dmitri Mendeleev

It would be logical that a scientist like Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev was awarded with Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

After all, Mendeleev invented the periodic table of chemical elements, and described the manner of their organization and grouping on which modern chemistry is based.

Furthermore, his system was so good that he predicted the existence of certain elements that, in his time, weren’t yet been discovered.

However, in 1906 when the Nobel Committee for Chemistry recommended Mendeleev for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences rejected the proposal.

The reason behind this decision was – little revenge.

Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius, who was awarded with Nobel Prize in 1903 for the theory of ionic dissociation, interfered and pressed for the rejection of Mendeleev. Mendeleev was his most eloquent critic and Arrhenius saw an opportunity to avenge himself.

The same thing happened and in 1907.

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