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You wouldn't be thinking of Alexis Carrel, would you?  Your second last (and last) clue was what caught my attention.
I am already down on my knees 
Genius!Lemaître that is.
Born at Rebecq in 1838improved the ammonia-soda process and got rich of the patents.
Probably most known to host physics conferences with world famous participants like Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr and Shrödinger.
I discovered addition!
I was what people call a polymath, someone who excels or at least contributes to various areas of endeavor. For example, I attended the American Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. I published the first American textbook on chemistry. I pioneered education for women by helping to found womens colleges, and I had no fear of speaking boldly about abolishing slavery. Professionally, I was a doctor, and I provided Lewis & Clark with a medical kit and taught them about frontier illnesses. I significantly improved the lives of those unfortunate souls sent to asylums. Perhaps my most interesting achievement is that I discovered addition! My contemporaries merely wagged their fingers at drunkards and told them they should drink less. However, I actually sat down and listened to these unfortunates fellows, and I realized that, somehow, something in the drink caused them to lose control of their senses and that their only hope was to abstain completely. If you care to see a likeness of me, then look to the logo of the American Psychiatric Association.
I was most famous for zapping electricity through 200 monks from a monastery tied together in a row using copper wire.
Bonus points if you can guess why I ate it.