Download E-books 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
By Peter Reed
Robert Angus Smith (1817-1884) was once a Scottish chemist and a number one investigator into what got here to be often called 'acid rain'. This examine of his operating lifestyles, contextualized via dialogue of his formative years, schooling, ideals, relatives, pursuits and affects sheds mild at the evolving figuring out of sanitary technology throughout the 19th century. Born in Glasgow and at the beginning educated for a profession within the Church of Scotland, Smith as a substitute went directly to learn chemistry in Germany lower than Justus von Liebig. On his go back to Manchester within the 1840s, Smith's powerful Calvinist religion lead him to strengthen a robust obstacle 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 publication 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 offers an immense heritage to the way in which that 'chemical' got here to have such destructive connotations within the century prior to e-book of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It additionally deals a desirable perception into the altering panorama of British politics as legislation and enforcement of the chemical industries got here to be noticeable as valuable, and is key studying for historians of technology, know-how and within the 19th century, in addition to environmental historians looking heritage context to the twentieth-century environmental routine.