Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 337, Issue 2, pp 225–228 | Cite as

Highlights of Spanish chemistry at the time of the chemical revolution of the 18th century

  • J. A. Pérez-Bustamante de Monasterio
Original Papers


A number of outstanding Spanish chemists and some of their major chemical contributions in the 18th century are briefly considered indicating that Spanish chemistry got a very high level at the end of the century, departing practically from nothing at the beginning of the century. The Vergara School played a very important role as the first national institution for chemistry despite of the fact that it decayed in a few years for a number of reasons. The discovery of three new elements is briefly dealt with (Pt, W, V) and the adoption of the new modern French chemistry in Spain as well as a number of critics against some of Lavoisier's theories and nomenclature posed by some Spanish chemists are considered.


Physical Chemistry Analytical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry 18th Century Major Chemical 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Pérez-Bustamante de Monasterio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Analytical ChemistryUniversity of CádizSpain

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