The United Nations has designated 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev’s discovery of the periodic system (https://www.iypt2019.org/). CFIC Ottawa joins celebrations around the world with a presentation on the history of the periodic table and some of its defining features. Learn how the elements are named, why strontium is a Jekyll and Hyde element, and how the periodic table is being used to build quantum computers. Raise a glass to Mendeleev and the many scientists that contributed to the formation of the periodic table, one of humanity’s great intellectual achievements.
About the speaker:
Michael Allen practised as a family physician in Nova Scotia for 17 years before joining the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine in the Division of Continuing Professional Development. He taught evidence-based medicine to medical students and practicing physicians until he retired in 2013 and moved to Ottawa. He has since developed an interest in physics which led to his fascination with the periodic table.