Lavoisier

1989 SD1. Discovered 1989 Sept. 26 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named for Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794), father of modern chemistry. In a memoir presented to the Paris Academy in 1777 he explained combustion as the result of the combination of a burning substance with oxygen (that name being due to Lavoisier). In his 1789 Traite élémentaire de Chimie he gave a list of simple substances that could not be further decomposed by any known process, thus providing the concept of a chemical element. He was also associated with committees on hygiene, coinage and public education.

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