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Pure Intelligence: The Life of William Hyde Wollaston

Melvyn C. Usselman


This book is a biography of William Hyde Wollaston, a trained physician who became one of Britain’s leading natural philosophers in the early nineteenth century. During his lifetime he achieved an international reputation in chemistry, linear optics and mineralogy and was judged to be one of the most acute experimental philosophers of his age. He is best known for the preparation and commercial sale of malleable platinum, but he was also an active scientific entrepreneur who prepared and sold organic chemicals to the textile manufacturers of Manchester, and patented two optical devices. He mov ... More

Keywords: biography, William Hyde Wollaston, natural philosopher, entrepreneur, platinum, palladium, rhodium, multiple combining proportions, reflective goniometer, individualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226245737
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226245874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melvyn C. Usselman, author