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Dmitri Mendeleev was the founding father of the periodic table although many scientists have tried to create different means of sorting the elements none of them were fully successful This paper will focus on Mendeleevs life after 1856 and other scientists that have helped in the creation of the Periodic Table of Elements After 1856 Dmitri focused his life on his career of teaching and research He was essentially a teacher devoted to his work This led to the development of the periodic table and writing of his books In 1859 he was assigned by the Minister of Public Instruction to go abroad to study and develop scientific and technological innovations Between 1859 and 1861 he studied the densities of gases with Regnault in Paris and the workings of the spectroscope with Kirchoff in Heidelberg He also tested for the critical temperature While in Heidelberg he met AP Borodin a chemist In 1860 at the Chemical Congress at Karlsruhe Mendeleev had the opportunity to hear Cannizzaro discuss his work on atomic weights Following his trip abroad the Russian chemist returned to his homeland where he settled down to a life of teaching and research in St Petersburg In 1863 he was named Professor of Chemistry at the Technological Institute And in 1866 he became Professor of Chemistry at the University and was made Doctor of Science for his study On the Combinations of Water with Alcohol As will be seen his research findings were extensive and beneficial to the Russian people Dmitri was always in touch with the classroom Much of his lab work including that on the periodic chart occurred in his spare time following his lectures Mendeleev was not afraid to express his political views These thoughts led him to the discovery of the periodic law among other things but also led to his resignation from the University of St Petersburg on August 17 1890 His most famous
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