Henri Moissan Biography
Birthday: September 28, 1852 (Libra)
Born In: Paris
Ferdinand Frederick Henri Moissan was a French Chemist and a Noble Laureate. Born into a modest family in the middle of nineteenth century, he grew an interest in chemistry from an early age. Unfortunately, it also made him neglect all other subjects. Consequently, he had to leave school sans ‘grade universitaire’, without which he could not enter any university. He then started training under well-known chemists like Edmond Frémy’ and Pierre Paul Dehérain. Ultimately, it was Dehérain, who convinced him to appear for baccalauréat and pursue formal education. Ultimately, Moissan passed the exam and did his doctoral thesis under Dehérain. Although his first published work was on carbon-dioxide and oxygen metabolism in plants he later shifted to inorganic chemistry and very soon began his research on fluorine. After several failures he was ultimately able to isolate fluorine for which he was honoured with Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1906. However, he did not stop at that; but continued his research on with his students discovered a number of compounds. Later he also developed an arc furnace, which has since been named after him. In addition to being a meticulous and patient experimentalist he was also an excellent teacher and had many distinguished students.