Eugène-Anatole Demarçay

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Eugène-Anatole Demarçay
Born January 1, 1852
Died March 5, 1903
Nationality French
Fields chemist
Known for spectrum
discovering the element europium

Eugène-Anatole Demarçay (January 1, 1852 – March 5, 1903)[1] was a French chemist. He studied under Jean-Baptiste Dumas. During an experiment, an explosion destroyed the sight in one of his eyes.

He was a spectrum specialist. In 1896, he suspected samples of the recently discovered element samarium were contaminated with an unknown element, which he isolated in 1901, naming it europium. In 1898 he used his skills of spectroscopy to help Marie Curie confirm that she had discovered the element radium.[2]


  • Spectres électriques. Atlas ; Eugène Demarçay ; Paris : Gauthier-Villars, 1895. OCLC 54317437
  • Sur les acides tétrique et oxytétrique et leurs homologues ; Eugène Demarçay ; Paris : Gauthier-Villars, 1880. OCLC 25644291


  1. GeneaNet
  2. Asimov, Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology 2nd Revised edition