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 learn of his operating lifestyles, contextualized via dialogue of his early life, schooling, ideals, relatives, pursuits and impacts sheds gentle at the evolving knowing of sanitary technological know-how throughout the 19th century. Born in Glasgow and firstly proficient for a occupation within the Church of Scotland, Smith as an alternative 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 strengthen a robust trouble for the insanitary environmental stipulations in Manchester and different commercial 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 destructive chemical nuisances grew to become recognized. This research of Smith’s existence and paintings presents a huge history to the way in which that 'chemical' got here to have such detrimental connotations within the century ahead of book of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It additionally bargains a desirable perception into the altering panorama of British politics as legislation and enforcement of the chemical industries got here to be noticeable as useful, and is key analyzing 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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