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Lilja, Edgar D. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 28, No. 3 (December 1923)

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ANTOINE LAURENT LAVOISIER
       1743-1794
Born in Paris, son of a wealthy
tradesman. As a student won
a prize for an essay on lighting
the streets of Paris. Held vari-
ous Government posts. A mar-
tyr of the Reign of Terror.
Founder of modern chemistry.
This is the mark of the
General Electric Com-
pany, an organization
of 100,000 men and
women engaged in pro-
ducing the tools by
which electricity-
man's great servant-
is making the world a
better place to live in.
They couldn't destroy
               the work he did
'The Republic has no need for savants,"
sneered a tool of Robespierre as he sent
Lavoisier, founder of modern chemistry, to
the guillotine. A century later the French
Government collected all the scientific
studies of this great citizen of Paris and
published them, that the record of his re-
searches might be preserved for all time.
Lavoisier showed the errors of the theory
of phlogiston -that hypothetical, material
substance which was believed to be an ele-
ment of all combustible compounds and to
produce fire when liberated. He proved
fire to be the union of other elements with
a gas which he named oxygen.
Lavoisier's work goes on. In the Research
Laboratories of the General Electric Com-
pany the determination of the effects of
atmospheric aironlampfilaments,on metals
and on delicate instruments is possible be-
cause of the discoveries of Lavoisier and
his contemporaries.
GENERAL ELECTRIC
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