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Why was Antoine Lavoisier , the great French chemist, executed at the guillotine in May 1794 by French revolutionaries?

Asked by joyoti sen, 27 Jun '09 06:43 pm
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Lavoisier was one of the tax collectors and very powerful in the unpopular tax farming company But the event that sealed his fate was one of his earlier clashes with the young Jean Paul Marat,whom he had dismissed for scientific misdemeanour marat, later became a leading figure in the French Revolution and Marat took his revenge on Lavoisier, when he got the opportunity
Answered by thampy chacko, 27 Jun '09 10:36 pm

 
  
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The Net provided me with this info joyoti (as usual lol!)

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (26 August 1743 8 May 1794; the father of modern chemistry, was a French noble prominent in the histories of chemistry and biology. He stated the first version of the law of conservation of mass, recognized and named oxygen (1778) and hydrogen (1783), abolished the phlogiston theory, helped construct the metric system, wrote the first extensive list of elements, and helped to reform chemical nomenclature. He discovered that, although matter may change its form or shape, its mass always remains the same. Thus, for instance, if water is heated to steam, if salt is dissolved in water or if a piece of wood is burned to ashes, the total mass remains unchanged. He was also an investor and administrator of the \"Ferme Gnrale\" a private tax collection company; chairman of the board of the Discount Bank (later the Banque de France); and a powerful member of a number of other aristocratic administrative ...more
Answered by gem mina, 28 Jun '09 06:24 am

 
  
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He was accused by Marat of selling watered-down tobacco
Answered by ananthi, 27 Jun '09 06:49 pm

 
  
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