What scientist was born on today's date?

October 18
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Christian Friedrich Schonbein
Birthday 1799: Metzingen, Germany
Christian Friedrich Schonbein did not have a university education but studied and attended lectures by such scientists as Faraday (September 22) and Gay-Lussac (December 6) and was elected to the chair of chemistry at Basle. He did classic work on ozone, including naming the gas. He prepared cellulose nitrate (gun cotton) and investigated its explosive properties but found no safe way to manufacture it.


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