1794: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, father of modern chemistry
May 8th, 2010
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On this date in 1794, French scientist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier was guillotined in Paris for “adding water to the people’s tobacco.
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Lavoisier’s appeal for a stay of execution to complete some experiments met a brusque refusal from the people’s tribunal: “The Republic has no need for scientists.”
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Remember that whenever you’re dealing with a mob.