Nicolas Leblanc was born in Ivoy-le-Pré, France back in 1742. His father died in 1751, he was sent to Bourges to live with Dr. Bien, a close family friend. Dr. Bien died in 1759. Shortly after his death Nicolas enrolled in the College of Surgeons in Paris to study medicine. He graduated with a master’s degree in surgery.
After graduation he opened a medical practice. In 1780, he accepted a position as the private physician to the household of Louis Philip II, Duke of Orleans. In 1775, the French Academy of Sciences offered a prize for a substance that could be produced from salt. By 1791, he had succeeded, the prize was awarded to Nicolas. In a plant he was able to produce 320 tons of the product.
Now, I’m sure you want to know what he discovered, well he discovered how to manufacture soda ash for common salt. That is his claim to fame.
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