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A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry

By Sir Edward Thorpe; assisted by eminent contirbutors

1912-13 - London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta - Longmans, Green and Co.

9" by 7", viii, 758; viii, 786; viii, 789; viii, 727; viii, 727; viii, 830pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Sir Edward Thorpe, assisted by eminent contirbutors. With illustraitons intergrated with text.

In five volumes complete.

Revised and englarged edition.

With a preface, list of abbreviations and list of contributors to front. The contents of the volumes are as follows:

Volume one: A to Che; volume two: Chi to Go; volume three: Gr to Oils; volume four: Oilstone to Soda Nitrate; and volume five: Sodium to Z.

Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe (1845 - 1925) was a British chemist. Thorpe originally worked as a clerk, but in 1863 began working as an assistant to Henry Roscoe, a professor of chemistry at Owen's College. Thorpe then studied for a PhD at the University of Heidelberg, and after a time working for August Kekul in Bonn returned to Britain to accept a Chair at Anderson's University in Glasgow in 1870. He later held posts at the Yorkshire College of Science and the Normal School of Science, South Kensington.

Thorpe conducted research on a wide range of subjects. He contributed to the understanding of the relationship between substances' molecular weights and their specific gravities, and his work on phosphorus compounds led to a better understanding of phosphorus trioxide and the prevention of the illnesses it caused to workers in the match industry. Thorpe's work on the atomic weights of metals led to the award of a Royal Medal in 1889. He also took part in four eclipse expeditions, and a magnetic survey of the British Isles.

In 1895 Thorpe served as president of the Society of Chemical Industry. He left academia in 1894 to take up a government post as principal of Somerset House Laboratory, also known as the Government Laboratory, originally established in 1842 for the prevention of the adulteration of tobacco products and then enhanced by the 1875 Sale of Food and Drugs Law. In this post from 1894 to 1909, he moved the government laboratory in 1897 from Somerset House to a new building of his own design and helped to further the effectiveness and reputation of this government laboratory. With his staff Thorpe worked on matters of public health, including the detection of arsenic in beer, and the elimination of lead from pottery.

Thorpe wrote a number of books, including the textbooks Inorganic Chemistry (1873), Dictionary of Applied Chemistry (1890) and a History of Chemistry (1909).

With bookseller's labels to front pastedowns.

CONDITION

In buckram bindings. Extrnally, smart but with slight fading to spiens and marginally, slight wear to extremites and odd marks and stains to boards, institutional lettering to spine. Two hinges strained. Internally, generally firmly bound although slightly strained in places to some volumes. Bright and generally clean throughout but with the odd slight handling mark and institutiuinal ink stamps.

Overall: VERY GOOD


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