Louis Melsens

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Louis-Henri-Frédéric Melsens (1814 in Leuven – 1886 in Brussels) was a Belgian physicist and chemist. In 1846, he became professor of chemistry in the Veterinary School in Kureghem. Melsens applied the principle of the Faraday cage to lightning conductors and invented iodine tincture for disinfection. The Louis Melsens Prize is awarded to a Belgian or naturalised Belgian author of the most remarkable work on applied chemistry or physics.[1] The Melsensstraat or Rue Melsens in Brussels is named after him.


  1. ^ Louis Melsens Prize Archived 26 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine (created in 1900)