Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian chemist and inventor, would have turned 182 on February 8, and Google is celebrating his birthday with a Google Doodle.

Mendeleev is best known for discovering periodic law in 1869.

Here’s what you need to know about Mendeleev:

Fact #1

Dmitri Mendeleev wrote his first book on the spectroscope in August of 1861.

Fact #2

Dmitri Mendeleev Invented His Version of the Periodic Table in 1869

Fact #3

Dmitri Mendeleev work was widely recognized and acknowledged across Europe and Dmitri Mendeleev honored with awards such as the Davy Medal presented to him by the Royal Society of London.

Fact #4

Dmitri Mendeleev would become leading in founding the first oil refinery in Russia and investigating petroleum composition and would recognize the significance of petroleum as a feedstock for petrochemicals.

Fact #5

Having discovered the periodic table in his honor element number 101 was named after him, radioactive mendelevium and a crater on the Moon was named after him.

Dmitri Mendeleev was also responsible for various other important contributions to the world of chemistry as well as being credited with introducing the metric system and “In 1894, Dmitri Mendeleev, the greatest scientist in all Russia, received the decree to set the Imperial quality standard for Russian vodka and the ‘Russian Standard’ was born.”