Joseph Proust

1754 - 1826

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Joseph Louis Proust (26 September 1754 – 5 July 1826) was a French chemist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Proust has received more than 258,293 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Joseph Proust is the 69th most popular chemist (up from 78th in 2019), the 588th most popular biography from France (up from 676th in 2019) and the 12th most popular French Chemist.

Joseph Proust is most famous for his work on the structure of memory. He was the first to propose that memories are not stored in one place, but are instead distributed throughout the brain.

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Among chemists, Joseph Proust ranks 69 out of 602Before him are Claude Louis Berthollet, Hans Fischer, Joseph Black, Tadeusz Reichstein, Jan Baptist van Helmont, and Paul J. Crutzen. After him are Julius Lothar Meyer, Francis William Aston, Irving Langmuir, Hermann Staudinger, Heinrich Otto Wieland, and Richard Adolf Zsigmondy.

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Among people born in 1754, Joseph Proust ranks 4Before him are Louis XVI of France, Paul I of Russia, and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord. After him are Seraphim of Sarov, Madame Roland, Jacques Pierre Brissot, Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este, Georg Forster, Frederick I of Württemberg, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, and Antoine Destutt de Tracy. Among people deceased in 1826, Joseph Proust ranks 10Before him are Giuseppe Piazzi, John VI of Portugal, Joseph von Fraunhofer, René Laennec, Philippe Pinel, and Maria Leopoldina of Austria. After him are Stamford Raffles, Elizabeth Alexeievna, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Levin August von Bennigsen, Frederica of Baden, and Nikolay Karamzin.

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In France

Among people born in France, Joseph Proust ranks 588 out of 6,770Before him are Francis, Duke of Guise (1519), Maurice Jarre (1924), Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627), Henri Barbusse (1873), René Lacoste (1904), and Gérard de Nerval (1808). After him are Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), Roger Garaudy (1913), Margaret of Anjou (1430), Françoise Hardy (1944), Antipope Clement VII (1342), and Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943).

Among CHEMISTS In France

Among chemists born in France, Joseph Proust ranks 12Before him are Alfred Werner (1866), Paul Sabatier (1854), Victor Grignard (1871), Jacques Monod (1910), Claude Louis Berthollet (1748), and Joseph Black (1728). After him are Michel Eugène Chevreul (1786), Jean-Marie Lehn (1939), Jean-Pierre Sauvage (1944), Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758), Louis Nicolas Vauquelin (1763), and Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800).