The preparation of fluorine was finally accomplished by the French chemist Moissan by the electrolysis of hydrofluoric acid.
Professor Moissan, the great French chemist and maker of artificial diamonds, fairly danced with delight.
The study of diamonds led Moissan to believe that in nature they are formed by the cooling of a melted mixture of iron and carbon.
"I will explain to you my notion," said Professor Moissan, the great French chemist.
To appreciate this it is necessary to recall the way in which Moissan made his diamonds.
"It cannot be, surely it cannot be," said Professor Moissan at length.
The French chemist Moissan, in his extended study of chemistry at high temperatures, finally succeeded in making some small ones.
Moissan, however, was not the first to produce diamonds artificially.
Probably some one in the future will take up the problem where Moissan dropped it and find out how to make diamonds of any size.