Jan Baptist van Helmont

Chemist, Academic

1580 – 1644

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Who was Jan Baptist van Helmont?

Jan Baptist van Helmont was an early modern period Flemish chemist, physiologist, and physician. He worked during the years just after Paracelsus and iatrochemistry, and is sometimes considered to be "the founder of pneumatic chemistry". Van Helmont is remembered today largely for his ideas on spontaneous generation, his 5-year tree experiment, and his introduction of the word "gas" into the vocabulary of scientists.

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Born
Jan 12, 1580
Brussels
Also known as
  • Joan Baptista van Helmont
Nationality
  • Belgium
Profession
Education
  • Catholic University of Leuven
Died
Dec 30, 1644
Vilvoorde

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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