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Memoirs and Letters of Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, Inventor

Memoirs and Letters of Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, Inventor

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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026918

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  • First published in 1891, this memoir describes the life of the metallurgist and inventor Sidney Gilchrist Thomas (1850–1885), best-known for discovering the method of eliminating phosphorus from pig iron which revolutionised the commercial production of steel. Professing a desire to give a 'true' account of a life in contrast to the somewhat hagiographic approach of some contemporary writers, Thomas' biographer, R. W. Burnie, sets out to construct 'a brief history of a very striking and individual character'. The details of Thomas' short life are narrated in 22 chapters, beginning with his early education, his work as a schoolmaster and police clerk whilst studying law and chemistry at night, his career, and his work-related travels, which took him everywhere from central Europe to New Zealand. The memoir also includes a postscript which reveals that Thomas left his considerable fortune to workers in steel production.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026918
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's preface
    1. Early days
    2. A summer tour
    3. A 'double life'
    4. The problem of dephosphorisation
    5. Years of equipment
    6. The problem theoretically solved – a German tour
    7. 'Technical travel talk'
    8. Experiments – a dash into Switzerland
    9. The basic process publicly announced
    10. The basic process described
    11. Triumph
    12. Dusseldorf – a gathering cloud
    13. A visit to the United States
    14. Health fails in earnest
    15. South Africa
    16. Mauritius and India
    17. Ceylon, and the voyage to Australia
    18. Australia
    19. Homeward bound
    20. A sad home-coming and a flight south
    21. A winter in Algiers
    22. The last days in Paris
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Sidney Gilchrist Thomas

    Editor

    R. W. Burnie

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