Acid Rain and the Rise of the Environmental Chemist in by Peter Reed

By Peter Reed

Robert Angus Smith (1817-1884) used to be a Scottish chemist and a number one investigator into what got here to be often called 'acid rain'. This research of his operating existence, contextualized via dialogue of his early life, schooling, ideals, relatives, pursuits and impacts sheds mild at the evolving realizing of sanitary technological know-how throughout the 19th century. Born in Glasgow and at first expert for a occupation within the Church of Scotland, Smith as a substitute went directly to learn chemistry in Germany less than Justus von Liebig. On his go back to Manchester within the 1840s, Smith's powerful Calvinist religion lead him to boost a robust hindrance for the insanitary environmental stipulations in Manchester and different business cities in Britain. His appointment as Inspector of the Alkali management in 1863 enabled him to marry his social matters and his paintings as an analytical chemist, and this e-book explores his position as Inspector of the management from its inception via battles with chemical brands within the courts, to the fight to widen and tighten the regulatory framework as different damaging chemical nuisances turned identified. This examine of Smith’s lifestyles and paintings offers an enormous heritage to the best way that 'chemical' got here to have such destructive connotations within the century ahead of ebook of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It additionally deals a desirable perception into the altering panorama of British politics as rules and enforcement of the chemical industries got here to be obvious as priceless, and is vital studying for historians of technological know-how, know-how and within the 19th century, in addition to environmental historians looking heritage context to the twentieth-century environmental movements.

Show description

Read Online or Download Acid Rain and the Rise of the Environmental Chemist in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Life and Work of Robert Angus Smith (Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945) PDF

Similar history & philosophy on science & nature books

Diffusion of New Technologies in the Post-Communist World: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Marketing of High-Tech Know How St Petersburg, ... 13 (Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 4)

The tip of this century has witnessed dramatic alterations in morality, heritage and geography. those alterations have been felt during the global, and in addition around the complete gamut issues. Even fairly distant and possible insulated actions equivalent to technological know-how and know-how have skilled, and as much as some extent contributed to, those dramatic alterations.

The Territories of Science and Religion

The clash among technological know-how and faith turns out indelible, even everlasting. absolutely such divergent perspectives of the universe have consistently been in fierce competition? truly, that’s no longer the case, says Peter Harrison: our very options of technology and faith are particularly contemporary, rising simply some time past 300 years, and it truly is these very different types, instead of their underlying recommendations, that constrain our knowing of the way the formal research of nature pertains to the spiritual lifestyles.

The Lock and Key of Medicine: Monoclonal Antibodies and the Transformation of Healthcare

This e-book is the 1st to inform the intense but unheralded heritage of monoclonal antibodies. also known as Mabs, they're surprising to such a lot nonscientists, but those microscopic protein molecules are all over, quietly shaping our lives and healthcare. found within the mid-1970s within the laboratory the place Watson and Crick had past unveiled the constitution of DNA, Mabs have extensively replaced understandings of the pathways of disorder.

Popularizing Science: The Life and Work of JBS Haldane

J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964) is generally liked as one of many maximum and so much influential British scientists of the 20 th century, making major contributions to genetics, body structure, biochemistry, biometry, cosmology, and different sciences. extra notable, then, is the truth that Haldane had no formal qualification in technological know-how.

Extra info for Acid Rain and the Rise of the Environmental Chemist in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Life and Work of Robert Angus Smith (Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945)

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.76 of 5 – based on 8 votes