Antoine de Fourcroy

Antoine-François de Fourcroy

1755 (Paris) – 1809 (Paris)

Vicq d’Azyr, hugely impressed, encouraged him in his studies. Buffon supported his appointment to a Chair in chemistry. Fourcroy, Lavoisier, Berthollet and Guyton de Morveau together devised a consistent nomenclature for chemistry which still underlies the modern version. Vauquelin and he taught Thénard and helped him get a position at the École Polytechnique. Gay-Lussac became his demonstrator before succeeding him as professor.