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1869 in science

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1869 in science

The year 1869 in science and technology involved some significant events, listed below.



  • November 4 – The first issue of scientific journal Nature is published in London, edited by Norman Lockyer.
  • Chemistry

  • March 6 – Dmitri Mendeleev makes a formal presentation of his periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
  • June 15 – John Wesley Hyatt patents celluloid, in Albany, New York.
  • German chemist Lothar Meyer makes in his work „Die Natur der chemischen Elemente als Funktion ihrer Atomgewichte" a formal presentation of his revised and expanded version of his 1864 table independently periodic table.
  • Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès patents margarine (as oleomargarine) in France as a beef tallow and skimmed milk substitute for butter.
  • Publication of Adolphe Wurtz's Dictionnaire de chimie pure et appliquée begins in Paris.
  • Life sciences

  • April 6 – The American Museum of Natural History is founded in New York.
  • Paul Langerhans discovers the pancreatic islets.
  • Friedrich Miescher discovers deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the pus of discarded surgical bandages. Found in the nuclei of cells, Miescher names it "nuclein".
  • French missionary and naturalist Père Armand David receives the skin of a giant panda from a hunter, the first time this species has become known to a Westerner; he also first describes a specimen of the "pocket handkerchief tree", which will be named in his honor as Davidia involucrata.
  • Alfred Russel Wallace publishes The Malay Archipelago.
  • Mathematics

  • W. Stanley Jevons publishes The Substitution of Similars and has a "Logic Piano" constructed to work out problems in symbolic logic.
  • Hermann Schwarz devizes Schwarz–Christoffel mapping.
  • Awards

  • Copley Medal: Henri Victor Regnault
  • Wollaston Medal for Geology: Henry Clifton Sorby
  • Births

  • February 14 – C. T. R. Wilson (died 1959), Scottish winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • April 8 – Harvey Cushing (died 1939), American neurosurgeon.
  • July 18 – Maria von Linden (died 1936), German bacteriologist and zoologist.
  • August 23 – Robert Gunther (died 1940), English historian of science.
  • October 3 – Robert W. Paul (died 1943), English pioneer of cinematography.
  • December 16 – Bertha Lamme (died 1943), American electrical engineer.
  • Helen Boyle (died 1957), British physician and psychologist.
  • Deaths

  • July 22 – John A. Roebling (born 1806), German American bridge engineer.
  • September 11 – Thomas Graham (born 1805), Scottish chemist.
  • References

    1869 in science Wikipedia

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