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Dmitri Mendeleev was born in Tobolsk Siberia northern Russia in 1834 His family owned a glass factory which unfortunately burned to the ground All the money saved for Dimitris college education was spent rebuilding His mother simply told him he must do better and get a full scholarship This was difficult for him because he considered most topics that didnt relate to science insignificant dead such as latin and history The family relocated to Moscow to start over but due to political turmoil the University wasnt excepting anyone that wasnt from Moscow Once again they packed up and headed for St Petersburg With help from his fathers friend Dimitri took entrance exams passed and was admitted to begin a science teacher training program on a full scholarship in 1850 He continued his studies even when bedridden with signs of tuberculosis and finished in the top of his class Mendeleev traveled abroad in the 1860s where he picked up information on new scientific and technological innovations Following his trip abroad the Dimitri returned to his homeland where he settled down to a life of teaching and research in St Petersburg On March 6 1869 a formal presentation was made to the Russian Chemical Society entitled The Dependence Between the Properties of the Atomic Weights of the Elements In which Mendeleev stated that if elements were arranged according to their atomic weights exhibit a periodocity of properties that elements with similar chemical properties have similar atomic weights the elements which are the most widely diffused have small atomic weights and the magnitude of the atomic weight determines the character of the element just as the magnitude of the molecule determines the character of a compound body He also found a way to predict future elements and some of their characteristics Unknown to Mendeleyev Lothar Meyer was also working on a periodic table In his work published in 1864 Meyer presented only 28 elements classified not by atomic
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