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Google marks chemist Dmitri Mendeleev's 182nd birthday with a doodle

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:36 IST

Google is celebrating 182nd birthday of Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, who is credited as the father of the periodic table.

The doodle shows Mendeleev in the act of establishing the periodic table, which reportedly came to him in a dream.

Mendeleev, who was born on 8 February, 1834 in the Russian province of Siberia, published his table in 1869. He used the table to organise the 63 known elements based on their atomic mass.

Interestingly, he also left gaps for missing elements, correctly predicting that these spaces would be filled by those yet to be discovered. Three of these elements were discovered during his lifetime.

The seventh row of the table was completed last month.

Mendeleev died on 2 February, 1907, aged 72, at Saint Petersburg, Russia.

-With agency inputs

First published: 8 February 2016, 11:42 IST
 
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