Summary

Netherlands
Medal - Jons Jakob Berzelius 1848 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Mueller, Ferdinand von
Other Details: Jons Jakob Berzelius medal, awarded to Ferdinand von Mueller in 1848. It features the bust of Berzelius and an angel with hand on table with a balance and surrounded by chemical equipment. The Berzelius Medal was established by the Royal Swedish Academy in memory of the famous Swedish scientist. Berzelius (1779-1848) accurately determined more than 2000 relative atomic and molecular masses. He was the first to prepare silicon in its amorphous form and to isolate zirconium. He proposed oxygen as a reference standard for atomic masses and devised the system of chemical symbols and formulae now in use. His discoveries include the elements cerium (1804), selenium (1817), and thorium (1828).

Physical Description

A bronze medal (56 mm diameter) featuring a head of the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius.

Obverse Description

Head facing right, around above, JACOBUS BERZELIUS; below in small letters, NAT. MDCCLXXIX. DEN. MDCCCXLVIII

Reverse Description

An angel standing front resting left hand on table with a balance and surrounded by chemical equipment, pours into small bowl held by seated female figure who has a snake wraped around her right arm; around above, NATURAM JUSSIT VIRES PROFERRE LATENTES; in exergue, FUNDATORUM SUPREMO LUCENS / MEDIC. SVEC. SOCIETAS in tiny letters the artist's names C.C. QUARNSTROM INV. P.H. LUNDGREN FEC.

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

Berzelius (1779-1848) accurately determined more than 2000 relative atomic and molecular masses. He was the first to prepare silicon in its amorphous form and to isolate zirconium. He proposed oxygen as a reference standard for atomic masses and devised the system of chemical symbols and formulae now in use. His discoveries include the elements cerium (1804), selenium (1817), and thorium (1828). -University College, Cork, web site http://www.ucc.ie/ucc/depts/chem/dolchem/html/biog/biog001.html. -D. Tout-Smith 9/4/2004.

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