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Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev was born in Tobolsk Siberia on February 7 1834 Dmitri died January 201907 at age 73 He was a blonde haired blue-eyed boy and the youngest of 14 children His mother Maria Kornilievs family settled in Tobolsk in the early 1700s and introduced paper and glass making to Siberia Ivan Dmitris father died when he was a young boy leaving his wife to support the large family So Maria had to find work to put the children to school Marias family owned a glass factory allowing her t take over managing the company for a modest wage from which she could support the family Dmitri being the youngest must have been his mothers favorite child and was provided as many opportunities as she could afford Form Dmitris early years she began to save money for Dmitri to attend the university He spent many hours in the glass factory his mother operated learning from the chemist about the concepts behind glass making and from the glass blower about the art of making glass At age 14 he was attending the Gymnasium in Tobolsk In that year a second major family tragedy occurred the glass factory burned down There was no money to rebuild and the only money was the money saved for Dmitri to go to the university Maria was not about to give up her dreams for her son She knew that Dmitri had to go to school on a scholarship So she paused Dmitri to improve his grades and prepare for entrance exams Dmitri did not want to or cared about other subjects other then science He felt that history and Latin were dead subjects and waste of his time In 1849 the family moved to Moscow Because of political problems university was reluctant to admit anyone from outside of Moscow Dmitris mother did not want to give up here so the family moved again to St Petersburg Dmitri
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