Nicolas Leblanc

1742 - 1806

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Nicolas Leblanc (December 6, 1742 – January 16, 1806) was a French chemist and surgeon who discovered how to manufacture soda ash from common salt. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicolas Leblanc has received more than 62,145 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Nicolas Leblanc is the 186th most popular chemist (up from 205th in 2019), the 1,294th most popular biography from France (down from 1,216th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular French Chemist.

Nicolas Leblanc is most famous for his discovery of the first chemical process to produce soda ash.

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Among chemists, Nicolas Leblanc ranks 186 out of 510Before him are Giulio Natta, Tapputi, Emil Erlenmeyer, Alan J. Heeger, Robert Bruce Merrifield, and John Fenn. After him are Julius Axelrod, Richard F. Heck, Raymond Davis Jr., John Pople, F. Sherwood Rowland, and Walter Gilbert.

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Among people born in 1742, Nicolas Leblanc ranks 8Before him are Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen, Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar, Yemelyan Pugachev, and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. After him are Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier, Dositej Obradović, François Laurent d'Arlandes, Ignaz von Born, Eugenius Johann Christoph Esper, and Charlotte von Stein. Among people deceased in 1806, Nicolas Leblanc ranks 16Before him are Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este, Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, William Pitt the Younger, and Pierre-Charles Villeneuve. After him are Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, Johann Christoph Adelung, Michel Adanson, Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Nicolas-Edme Rétif, and Mathurin Jacques Brisson.

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In France

Among people born in France, Nicolas Leblanc ranks 1,294 out of 5,234Before him are Jean Clouet (1480), Pierre Larousse (1817), Michel Verne (1861), Louis, Count of Évreux (1276), François Louis, Prince of Conti (1664), and Nicolas Chauvin (1790). After him are Antonio I, Prince of Monaco (1661), Aegidius (450), Pierre Louis Dulong (1785), Paul Gachet (1828), Raymond Poulidor (1936), and Robert de Sorbon (1201).

Among CHEMISTS In France

Among chemists born in France, Nicolas Leblanc ranks 23Before him are Louis Jacques Thénard (1777), Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800), Jean-Marie Lehn (1939), Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758), Antoine Jérôme Balard (1802), and Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1838). After him are Jean-Pierre Sauvage (1944), Charles François de Cisternay du Fay (1698), Bernard Courtois (1777), Charles Adolphe Wurtz (1817), Antoine Baumé (1728), and Luis Federico Leloir (1906).