M. Lecoq De Boisbaudran. 1

Abstract

IN the death of M. Lecoq de Boisbaudran, which took place in May of the present year, there passed from the field of activity one of the most brilliant and energetic of French investigators. Lecoq de Boisbaudran was an amateur in the true sense of the word, and he had the faculty of concentrating the whole of his energy upon the question of the moment. He was born in Cognac in 1838. His parents were of noble family in Poitou, but their circumstances prevented his receiving more than an ordinary education. While a young man, he studied mathematics under his uncle, who had been a student at l'École Polytechnique, but his interest quickly became absorbed in the science of chemistry; he eventually succeeded in gaining an entrance to the laboratory of Würtz at l'École de Médecine, and it was here that he made the discovery of the element gallium.

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