By Gary D. Patterson, Seth C. Rasmussen
This publication is a set of essays, written via a world crew of historians of chemistry, approximately one of the most fascinating chemists relationship again into the 18th century. The contributing authors are well-established biographers, and their topics make a various forged of chemistry characters. one of the chemists lined are Robert Bunsen, Joseph Black, John Dalton, Lucretia Borgia, William Crookes, and Humphry Davy. those chemists come from world wide, and from varied eras. jointly, this assortment actually is a party of the wide variety of personalities and characters that experience labored in chemistry over the centuries
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Lavoisier sent him a bundle of books in 1790 and though these are not specified, it would be odd if this did not include the Traité Elémentaire de Chimie, published in the previous year. It might be assumed that there would also have been Robert Kerr’s translation of this work which was published in Edinburgh in 1790. Lorenz von Crell sent copies his Chemisches Journal in 1779. ; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2013. ch003 1792 editions of the Edinburgh Pharmocopoeia, published by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, must surely have been owned by Black because he helped to edit them, and a work on thermometers dedicated to Black was likely to have found a place on his shelves (27).
A somewhat disheveled Bunsen in old age. Courtesy of the Oesper Collections. By 1889 Bunsen’s laboratory was nearly 35 years old and in the end, Fischer, feeling that the facilities were too outdated, turned down the appointment, which was given instead to Bunsen’s former pupil and assistant, Victor Meyer. Inventions In his day Bunsen was as well known for his numerous improvements in standard laboratory apparatus (Table 1), as he was for his chemical discoveries, and many of these innovations still bear his name.
While in England he also made a side trip to the continent to visit his old professors at Heidelberg, as recounted in a letter of 12 August 1887 (34): Here I am, after an interval of more than fifteen years, writing a letter in lovely old Heidelberg. All of us are as much charmed with the dear old place as I was in former years. ” The girl told me he was quite sick but she would take my card up. ; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2013. ch002 would be very much pleased to see me.
Characters in Chemistry: A Celebration of the Humanity of Chemistry by Gary D. Patterson, Seth C. Rasmussen