Medal - Jons Jakob Berzelius, Netherlands, 1848 Reg. No: NU 33526
Medal - Jons Jakob Berzelius 1848 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Mueller, Ferdinand von
Other Details: Jons Jakob Berzelius medal, awarded to Ferdinand von Mueller in 1848. It features the bust of Berzelius and an angel with hand on table with a balance and surrounded by chemical equipment. The Berzelius Medal was established by the Royal Swedish Academy in memory of the famous Swedish scientist. Berzelius (1779-1848) accurately determined more than 2000 relative atomic and molecular masses. He was the first to prepare silicon in its amorphous form and to isolate zirconium. He proposed oxygen as a reference standard for atomic masses and devised the system of chemical symbols and formulae now in use. His discoveries include the elements cerium (1804), selenium (1817), and thorium (1828).
- A bronze medal (56 mm diameter) featuring a head of the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||56 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||74.30 g (Weight)|
|Themes this item is part of:||Public Life & Institutions Collection, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Botanist & Explorer (1825-1896), Jons Jakob Berzelius, Scientist, Sweden (1779-1848)|
|Tertiary Classification:||physical sciences|
|Series:||Swedish Prize Medals|
|Obverse Description:||Head facing right, around above, JACOBUS BERZELIUS; below in small letters, NAT. MDCCLXXIX. DEN. MDCCCXLVIII|
|Reverse Description:||An angel standing front resting left hand on table with a balance and surrounded by chemical equipment, pours into small bowl held by seated female figure who has a snake wraped around her right arm; around above, NATURAM JUSSIT VIRES PROFERRE LATENTES; in exergue, FUNDATORUM SUPREMO LUCENS / MEDIC. SVEC. SOCIETAS in tiny letters the artist's names C.C. QUARNSTROM INV. P.H. LUNDGREN FEC.|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: JACOBUS BERZELIUS NAT. MDCCLXXIX. DEN. MDCCCXLVIII
Reverse: NATURAM JUSSIT VIRES PROFERRE LATENTES FUNDATORUM SUPREMO LUCENS MEDIC. SVEC. SOCIETAS in tiny letters the artist's names C.C. QUARNSTROM INV. P.H. LUNDGREN FEC.
|Material:||Copper Plated white metal|
|Issued By:||Netherlands, 1848|
|Artist:||J.P.M. Menger, 1864|
|Awarded To:||Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Person Depicted:||Professor Jons Berzelius, Netherlands, 1848|
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