Czar Alexander, III
(10 Mar 1845 - 1 Nov 1894)
Russian emperor who, upon the death of his Father, Alexander II, became Emperor of Russian, ruling from 13 Mar 1881 until he died.
Science Quotes by Czar Alexander, III (1 quote)
I admit that Mendeleev has two wives, but I have only one Mendeleev.
— Czar Alexander, III
Mendeleev advised the Tsar on matters of oil and other chemical products. A prominent bureaucrat in a similar situation, cited Mendeleev's bigamy to win his own pardon from the Czar. This reputed reply indicates the importance of Mendeleev to the Czar. Mendeleev had remarried too soon after his divorce from his first wife, without waiting the seven years required by the Russian civil and ecclesiastic laws of the time. The Orthodox priest, whom Mendeleev had bribed to perform the marriage, was defrocked. In Robert L. Weber, Droll Science (1987), 17. Earlier accounts in Ralph Oesper, The Human Side of Scientists (1975), 129, and Eduard Fδrber, Great Chemists (1961), 726. The Czar is identified as Alexander III in Michael D. Gordin, A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table, which references the quotation to O. E. Ozarovskoi, D. I. Mendeleev v vospominaniiakh, 139. Webmaster has seen only anecdotal sources, and reserves judgment regarding the historical accuracy of the quotation.