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1/3 Rishi Kaṇāda explained that every object of creation is made of atoms(parmanu) which in turn connect with each other to form molecules(anu) at least 6 centuries before “Jesus of Nazareth” is said to be born.

He wrote about this in Vaiśeṣika Sūtra.
2/3 Kaṇāda mentions of diatomic(2 atoms) & triatomic (3 atom) molecules.

Source of snippets: Vaiśeṣika Sūtra, with The Commentary of Sankara Mishra & Extracts from the Gloss of Jayanarayana, Translated by Nandlal Sinha
3/3 Mention of Triatomic Molecule by Kaṇāda in Vaiśeṣika Sūtra.

Source: same as 2/n
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