Bernard Courtois

1777 - 1838

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Bernard Courtois, also spelled Barnard Courtois, (8 February 1777 – 27 September 1838) was a French chemist credited with first isolating iodine and morphine. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bernard Courtois has received more than 69,587 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Bernard Courtois is the 264th most popular chemist (up from 279th in 2019), the 1,678th most popular biography from France (down from 1,575th in 2019) and the 26th most popular French Chemist.

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Among chemists, Bernard Courtois ranks 264 out of 510Before him are George Porter, John Polanyi, Alexander Butlerov, J. D. Bernal, Alfred G. Gilman, and Thomas A. Steitz. After him are Kenichi Fukui, Charles Adolphe Wurtz, Kikunae Ikeda, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Paul L. Modrich, and Yuan T. Lee.

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Among people born in 1777, Bernard Courtois ranks 16Before him are Louis Jacques Thénard, Philipp Otto Runge, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Archduchess Maria Clementina of Austria, Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Filippo Taglioni. After him are Adélaïde d'Orléans, Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, Guillaume Dupuytren, Louis Poinsot, and William II, Elector of Hesse. Among people deceased in 1838, Bernard Courtois ranks 8Before him are Lorenzo Da Ponte, Adelbert von Chamisso, Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, Pierre Louis Dulong, Ferdinand Ries, and Maximilian, Hereditary Prince of Saxony. After him are Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, Bernhard Crusell, Johanna Schopenhauer, Ivan Kotliarevsky, and Charles Percier.

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In France

Among people born in France, Bernard Courtois ranks 1,678 out of 5,234Before him are Joël Robuchon (1945), Charles Huntziger (1880), Édouard Stephan (1837), William III, Duke of Aquitaine (910), Guy Hamilton (1922), and Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716). After him are Louis Henri, Prince of Condé (1756), Anne Gonzaga (1616), John of Matha (1150), Otto Meissner (1880), Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (1758), and Tony Garnier (1869).

Among CHEMISTS In France

Among chemists born in France, Bernard Courtois ranks 26Before him are Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758), Antoine Jérôme Balard (1802), Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1838), Nicolas Leblanc (1742), Jean-Pierre Sauvage (1944), and Charles François de Cisternay du Fay (1698). After him are Charles Adolphe Wurtz (1817), Antoine Baumé (1728), Luis Federico Leloir (1906), Alexandre Brongniart (1770), François-Marie Raoult (1830), and Charles Friedel (1822).