The wife of Antoine Lavoisier

Born in 1758 and described as beautiful and intellectually curious, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze became the wife of the famous chemist and scientist Antoine Lavoisier, acting as his laboratory assistant and contributing to his work. After her husband’s execution during the French Revolution, she assembled and published his papers and remarried in 1804. She lived until 1836, dying at the ripe old age of seventy-eight.

Lavoisier explaining to his wife the result of his experiments on air. Oil painting by Ernest Board. ca. 1812. Credit: Wellcome Collection. (CC BY 4.0)

 


 

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