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March 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(9):798-799. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520350056005

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By the recent death of Dimitri Ivanovitch Mendeléeff the world of science loses one of the most striking figures that has appeared within our times, while Russia loses a character which constituted one of the bright spots in the records of that country. It may properly be said that Mendeléeff was one of Russia's greatest contributions to the world's progress, and that by the chemists of foreign nations he will always be remembered in connection with that country, as Berzelius with Sweden, Liebig with Germany, or Dumas with France. Mendeléeff obtained his education almost entirely in Russia, and so he may be credited wholly to her. He was born of educated parents; at the time of his birth (1834) his father was director of the college at Tobolsk in Siberia. His mother was a woman of remarkable character, who, when her husband became blind, established and successfully managed a glass

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