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Antoine Lavoisier
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    (August 26, 1743-May 8, 1794)
    Born in Paris, France
    Named the elements oxygen and hydrogen
    Demonstrated that rusting and respiration are forms of combustion
    Developed the first law of conservation of mass
    Helped develop the metric system
    Executed during the French Revolution
    At 28, he married a 13-year-old.
    He used the results of other scientists without acknowledgment.
    He was a tax collector.
    A statue erected in Paris to honor him a century after his death used a leftover head of a fellow scientist, the Marquis de Condorcet.
    He is called 'the father of modern chemistry.'
    He was elected to the French Academy of Sciences at age 25.
    Mathematician Joseph Louis Lagrange said, 'It took them only an instant to cut off that head, but France may not produce another like it in a century.'

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