François Lecoq de Boisbaudran

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

François Lecoq de Boisbaudran was born in Cognac, France back in 1838 to Paul and Anne Louise.  His mother being well educated taught him history and foreign languages, including English.  He attended École Polytechnique where he studied the books assigned in its courses.  He was a self-taught scientist.

With the help of his family he assembled a modest chemical laboratory on the second floor of their home.  His main interest was the phenomenon of supersaturation, in which substances can exist in solution in higher concentrations than is possible under normal conditions.  Possibly caused by his experiments his health failed and he died in 1912, he was 74.

What you may not know about Mr. Boisbaudran is that he is responsible for contributing thee elements into the Periodic table those were gallium, samarium and dysprosium.  He was also a pioneer in spectroscopy, the study of the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation.

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Comments (19)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

All toxic and rare earth metals.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Apr 24, 2021 05:01 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It has been a very long time since I studied the periodic table and I am not familiar with the elements he added to the table.

Apr 24, 2021 05:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I can't even imagine introducing one element to the periodic table let alone three.  

Apr 24, 2021 05:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never heard of the guy and can't proniunce his name. Perhaps Barbara Todaro (tagging feature not working) is more familiar. Enjoy your day.

Apr 24, 2021 05:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James,

I'm with Michael..I can't imagine introducing 3 elements to the periodic table. It has been a long time since I even thought about the periodic table let alone remember all of the elements.

Apr 24, 2021 05:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not stuff I truly understand, James, although I do know of the periodic table... but no doubt this man was a true pioneer.

Apr 24, 2021 05:44 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - I have forgotten many of the elements on the periodic table.  Had to learn them in HS Chemistry.

Apr 24, 2021 06:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That is quite an achievement of three elements.  My father could recite the elements table by heart.  Wishing you a great day.  A

Apr 24, 2021 06:16 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Self taught, now that is truly impressive. Great contributor to mankind.

Apr 24, 2021 06:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, You come up with some great history lessons for us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!


Apr 24, 2021 09:15 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Obviously he will never be forgotten because we will remember him...periodically

Apr 24, 2021 10:15 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- all of what he did flew way over my head!!!

Apr 24, 2021 11:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a lovely weekend.

Apr 24, 2021 12:10 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Well his skills and knowledge certainly exceeded mine! I don't even recognize those particular elements in the periodic table!

Apr 24, 2021 12:21 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

James, it was with some sense of certainty that Francois was the originator of the first disposable diapers. Alas I was wrong!

Apr 24, 2021 02:53 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good evening James! That is quite the accomplishment for sure to do that

Apr 24, 2021 05:36 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Okay, this is so far over my head I don't know if I'm impressed or not 😉. Which elements did he discover? Did he name them? If I discovered one could I call the element Nina (it would have to be a very attractive element.

Apr 24, 2021 06:50 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I don't think I know of too many people who contributed to three elements on the periodic table of elements. Thank you for introducing me to François Lecoq de Boisbaudran, James 🙂

Apr 24, 2021 07:00 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Science is not a strength for me. I have no idea what gallium, samarium and dysprosium are.

Oct 06, 2021 12:47 PM