By Dr Reed Peter
Robert Angus Smith (1817-1884) used to be a Scottish chemist and a number one investigator into what got here to be referred to as 'acid rain'. This learn of his operating lifestyles, contextualized via dialogue of his early life, schooling, ideals, relations, pursuits and impacts sheds gentle at the evolving knowing of sanitary technology in the course of the 19th century.
Born in Glasgow and at the beginning expert for a occupation within the Church of Scotland, Smith as a substitute went directly to learn chemistry in Germany below Justus von Liebig. On his go back to Manchester within the 1840s, Smith's powerful Calvinist religion lead him to improve a robust drawback 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 issues and his paintings as an analytical chemist, and this booklet explores his function 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 destructive chemical nuisances turned known.
This research of Smith’s existence and paintings offers a massive history to the best way that 'chemical' got here to have such destructive connotations within the century prior to ebook of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It additionally deals a desirable perception into the altering panorama of British politics as law and enforcement of the chemical industries got here to be obvious as useful, and is vital examining 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.
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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) by Dr Reed Peter