Memoirs and Letters of Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, Inventor

Memoirs and Letters of Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, Inventor

by Sidney Gilchrist Thomas
     
 

ISBN-10: 1108026915

ISBN-13: 9781108026918

Pub. Date: 05/19/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108026918
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2011
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Technology Series
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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.

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