Monday, 10 February 2003: 9:00 AM
Chemist and Meteorologist—Antoine Lavoisier
Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794) is well known as the father of modern chemistry. His work on the chemistry of oxygen and the development of the concept of mass balance lighted the way for future chemists to apply rigorous scientific methods in their work. However, Lavoisier also made considerable contributions to other scientific disciplines, including meteorology and atmospheric science. This paper will survey the life of Antoine Lavoisier and his considerable scientific contributions. We will highlight his work on lightning and his attempts to develop a meteorological network for temperature and humidity measurements to support weather prediction.