Previously a few crude trials had been carried out to estimate the strength of chlorine solutions in bleaching, but Gay-Lussac introduced a scientific rigour to chemical quantification and devised important modifications to apparatuses. In he was elected to represent Haute-Vienne in the chamber of deputies, and in he entered the chamber of peers. As was customary, he continued to hold several teaching posts simultaneously; however, his major income during his later years was derived from a series of governmental and industrial consultancies. In Gay-Lussac made several daring ascents of over 7, meters above sea level in hydrogen-filled balloons—a feat not equaled for another 50 years—that allowed him to investigate other aspects of gases. Uh Oh.
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Gay-Lussac in on the first balloon flight undertaken for scientific purposes.