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Berzelius is the third-oldest secret society at Yale University. It was founded as the Colony Club in 1848 at the Sheffield Scientific School. In 1933, it became a senior society in the tradition of Skull and Bones. A secret society is a social organization that requires its members to conceal certain activities—such as rites of initiation or club ceremonies—from outsiders. ... Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. ... The Sheffield Scientific School was founded as Yale Scientific School in 1854 and renamed in 1861 in honor of Joseph E. Sheffield. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ...


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Station Information - Jöns Jacob Berzelius (320 words)
Jöns Jacob Berzelius (August 20, 1779 - August 7, 1848) was a Swedish chemist, who invented modern chemical notation and is considered one of the fathers of modern chemistry (along with John Dalton and Antoine Lavoisier).
In discovering that the atomic weights were also not integer multiples of hydrogen's, Berzelius also disproved Prout's hypothesis that elements were built up from atoms of hydrogen.
In order to aid his experiments, he developed a system of chemical notation in which the elements were given simple written labels -- such as O for oxygen, or Fe for iron -- and proportions were noted with numbers.
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