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Amadeo Avogadro Lorenzo Romano Amadeo Carl Avagodro was born on August 9 1776 in Turin Italy He was the son of Count Filippo Avogadro and Anna Maria Vercellone In his earlier years he started a practice as a lawyer seeing as he came from a long line of successful ones His early career was highly successful In 1792 Avogadro became a bachelor of jurisprudence and four year later he would earn a doctorate in ecclesiastical law In 1801 Avogadro was named the secretary to the department of Eridano It was around this period that he studied mathematics and physics privately becoming so engrossed he eventually made it his lifetime career Eventually Avogadro became the professor of philosophy at the college of Vercelli where he would marry Felicita Mazze and have six children In 1811 he would make his famous statement claiming that equal volumes of all gases under the same conditions of temperature contain the same number of molecules This was published in an article on Journal de physique in which he clearly states the distinction between a molecule and an atom Alas the scientific community at the time for various reasons paid very little attention to him Avogadro had based his hypothesis on the studies of a man called Joseph Gay-Lussac who had discovered all gasses at equal temperature expand by the same amount in 1809 Nothing really was done until 50 years later when a man by the name of Stanislao Cannizzaro had reintroduced the scientific community to Avogadros theory By then there was a much larger agreement that something could be made of such a theory Cannizzaro believed that compounds had whole numbers of atoms and that equal volumes of gasses under the same conditions have the same number of molecules Ironically this was formed by a fusion of Avogadro and his nemesis Daltons statements In 1865 a man by the name of Johann Joseph Loeschmidt sat
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