Science Tuition on Amedeo Avogadro
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In this Science Tuition lesson, we are about to learn more about Amedeo Avagadro.
The famous Amedeo was born on 9th of August 1776. He was an Italian scientist who formulated what is now known as Avogadro’s law. Amedeo was the first scientist to realize and quote that the elements might exist in the form of molecules rather than individual atoms. So he was first to differentiate between molecules and atoms. His molecular hypothesis states that “equal volumes of gases under the same conditions of temperature and pressure will contain equal numbers of molecules,” which later became famous as the Avogadro’s Principle. A number was named after him as a tribute to his contribution and is known as Avogadro’s number, with the value of 6.0221367×1023.
Here are some lesser known facts about Avogadro –
Avogadro was born to a noble family of Turin. His full name was Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro di Quaregna e di Cerreto, and he was the Count of Quaregna and Cerreto.
He started his career in church law, although he studied math and physics extensively.
While serving as a physics professor at the University of Turin, Avogadro supported the revolution and was therefore dismissed under the auspices of being granted more time to work on his research.
He was reinstated and the king decreed a constitution be established; Avogadro went on to teach physics at the university for another twenty years.
Avogadro held numerous interesting positions throughout his lifetime and was credited with introducing the metric system to his region.
Due to his work, scientists quickly came to understand that mass and weight are not the same things.
Sadly, the works of Avogadro was not well received within the scientific community. After four years of his death, research from other scientists began to prove his theories were correct.
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