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Sir James Dewar, 1842-1923: A Ruthless Chemist (Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945) Hardcover – August 28, 2012

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Professor Sir John Rowlinson was Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of Exeter College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He received the Edelstein Award from the American Chemical Society in 2008 for his contributions to the history of chemistry.
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  • Series: Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945
  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140940613X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409406136
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
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James Dewar was a scottish scientist working at the Royal Institute in London during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is known today mainly for his work liquefying gases(eg air,hdrogen,
fluorine) and for his introduction of the silvered vacuum flask("Dewar flask") for handling
liquified gases. However he was a devoted researcher on many topics (for example soap films), and
a leader at the Royal Institute for years, as well as a professor at Cambridge. He was acquainted with most of the major figures in British science of the time (eg.Ramsey, Raleigh, Rutherford,j.j.Thomson).
The book is filled with the names and characteristics of Dewar's associates, and with details about the administration of the Royal Institution. Unsurprisingly, there is a good deal of politics here.
Dewar was a controversial figure, and was involved in many disputes with colleagues. He and Ramsey quarreled. There were cases when Dewar dismissed assistants for trivial reasons. There
were complaints that Dewar was using his facilities for commercially related research for his own gain. Yet Dewar financed a lot of research with his own funds.
Dewar was nominated several times for the Nobel prize, but was never awarded it- indeed he was
involved in a lawsuit against Alfred Nobel over military explosives.
The author has done a good job discussing the controversies in an equitable manner.
There is an appendix on liquification of gases, and numerous chapter notes.
Why is Sir James Dewar smarter than you're ? Because none of you asses can liquify gases.
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