Who was Lothar Meyer?

Where I can find information on Julius Lothar Meyer the German chemist?

Lothar Meyer was a codiscoverer of the periodic table. Working independently from Mendeleev (who usually gets all the credit for the first 'modern' periodic table), Meyer plotted element properties versus atomic weights to show the regular variations that marked the boundaries of his table.

Carmen Giunta maintains the Classical Chemistry page, which is one of the best chemical history resources on the Web. You can find Meyer's original periodic table there, in HTML format.

You can learn a bit more about Meyer from these books:

  • Crucibles : The Story of Chemistry by Bernard Jaffe (Dover, 1977)
  • A Short History of Chemistry by Michael Partington
  • The Norton History of Chemistry by William Brock (W. W. Norton, 1993)

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