A Life of “Continuous and Honourable Usefulness:” Chemical Consulting and the Career of Robert Warington (1807-1867)

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Simmons, A. 2020. A Life of “Continuous and Honourable Usefulness:” Chemical Consulting and the Career of Robert Warington (1807-1867). Ambix. https://doi.org/10.1080/00026980.2020.1794698

AuthorsSimmons, A.
Abstract

Robert Warington (1807-1867) was a central figure in the mid-nineteenth century chemical community, notably through his role in the foundation of the Chemical Society of London in 1841. As demand for chemical services grew, Warington constructed an ultimately lucrative career in chemistry in which consulting played a major part. His formative years laid ideal foundations for establishing himself as a consultant, whilst his appointment as chemical operator to the Society of Apothecaries’ pharmaceutical trade provided the status and infrastructure to sustain this activity. Here I explore the nature of the chemical services he performed for a range of customers through a survey of his experimental notes. At a time when professional boundaries in the subject were being delineated, this case study provides an example of how chemistry could be commercialised outside the academic environment and how consulting merged into a broader scientific career

Year of Publication2020
JournalAmbix
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00026980.2020.1794698
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online27 Jul 2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1745-8234

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