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Mendeleyev Didnt Invent Vodka, Experts Reiterate

Published: February 13, 2014 (Issue # 1797)



  • A portrait of Dmitry Mendeleev.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Dmitry Mendeleyev, the Russian scientist known worldwide for the invention of the periodic table of elements and whose birthday was celebrated on Feb. 8, did not invent vodka, St. Petersburg scientists said last week.

Related: Forget Vodka and Chemistry, Thank Mendeleev for Economics

Mendeleyev researched the theory of solutions and did not invent vodka, said Viktor Tupik, a vice-principal of St. Petersburgs Electric and Technical University at a press conference last Thursday to break the widely spread stereotype about the scientist, Interfax reported.

Academician Vladimir Shevchenko, director of the Grebenschikov Silicate Chemistry Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, said that Mendeleyev did not test vodka but studied what volume it should be sold in.

Mendeleyev determined that the volume vodka is sold in now is the most profitable for sale, Shevchenko said.

Despite regular denials by historians and chemists, many people still believe the incorrect stereotype that Mendeleyev was the one to have invented Russias most famous alcoholic drink.

Mendeleyev, who was the 17th child of a Siberian family, studied in St. Petersburg and later taught at St. Petersburg State University.

On Feb. 8 the traditional midday canon fired at the citys Peter and Paul Fortress was dedicated to the birthday of the scientist.

From Apr. 1 to 4, Mendeleyev 2014, the eighth annual chemistry conference, will take place at the St. Petersburg State University.

Mendeleyev was known for numerous achievements across the entire spectrum of sciences, such as chemistry, physics, meteorology and others. He formulated the Periodic Law, created his own version of the periodic table of elements and used it to adjust the properties of some previously discovered elements as well as to predict the properties of elements yet to be discovered.





 

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Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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