How the periodic table went from a sketch to an enduring masterpiece

150 years ago, Mendeleev perceived the relationships of the chemical elements

Dimitri Mendeleev

REVOLUTIONARY  Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev (shown around 1880) was the first to publish a periodic table, which put the known elements into a logical order and left room for elements not yet discovered.

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