Guillaume-François Rouelle

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Guillaume-François Rouelle
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Guillaume-François Rouelle
Born 16 September 1703
Mathieu
Died 3 August 1770
Paris
Nationality French
Fields Chemistry
Known for Base
Influenced Denis Diderot
Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier
Joseph Proust
Antoine-Augustin Parmentier

Guillaume François Rouelle (1703–1770) was a French chemist and apothecary. In 1754 he introduced the concept of a base into chemistry, as a substance which reacts with an acid to give it solid form (as a salt).

He is known as l'Aîné (the elder) to distinguish him from his younger brother, Hilaire Rouelle, who was also a chemist and known as the discoverer of urea.

He started a public course in his laboratory in 1738 where he taught many students among whom were Denis Diderot, Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, Joseph Proust and Antoine-Augustin Parmentier.

He was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1749.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jensen, William B. (2006). "The origin of the term "base"". The Journal of Chemical Education 83 (8): 1130. doi:10.1021/ed083p1130. 
  • Lemay, Pierre; Oesper, Ralph E. (1954). "The lectures of Guillaume Francois Rouelle". The Journal of Chemical Education 31 (7): 338. doi:10.1021/ed031p338. 
  • Warolin, C. (1996). "Did Lavoisier benefit from the teachings of the apothecary Guillaume-François Rouelle?". Histoire des sciences médicales 30 (1): 30. PMID 11624829. 
  • Warolin, C. (1995). "Did Lavoisier benefit from the teachings of the apothecary Guillaume-François Rouelle?". Revue d'histoire de la pharmacie 42 (307): 361–367. PMID 11624913.