Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Lavoisier, Persona Non Grata, During the Reign of Terror

Lavoisier, also known as The Father of Modern Chemistry, was guillotined on May 8, 1794 (during the Reign of Terror) in Paris, at the age of 50, along with his 27 co-defendants. Although widely circulated as being true (doubtful) Lavoisier apparently requested a 15 day stay of execution in order to finish his research.

The judge responded "The Republic needs neither scientists nor chemists; the course of justice cannot be delayed."

Lavoisier conducting an experiment on respiration in the 1770s Lavoisier conducting an experiment on respiration in the 1770s

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