" 127 Lavoisier Drive "
Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (1743 –1794) is described as the “father of modern chemistry.” He was a French nobleman, responsible for discovering and terming oxygen (1778) and hydrogen (1783). He helped construct the metric system, compiled the first extensive list of elements, and helped to reform chemical nomenclature. He discovered that, while matter may change form or shape, its mass always remains the same.
He demonstrated the role of oxygen in the rusting of metal, and its role in animal and plant respiration. He discovered that hydrogen (his own term) combined with oxygen to produce water.
Despite his scientific brilliance, he met a grisly end. At the height of the French Revolution, he was accused of selling watered-down tobacco and other crimes, and was guillotined. He was eventually exonerated, a year and a half after death.