Traveling with the Atom

Allegheny College

Compiled by Glen E. Rodgers
Colby Mangini
William Schick


Scheele's laboratory with oven.
University of Pennsylvania Library
Carl Wilhelm Scheele
Swedish Chemist
Scheele working at pharmacy.
Painting by Robert Thom

Contribution to the Development of the Atomic Concept
Scheele worked as an apprenticed to an
  apothecary at Gothenburg.  Years later he himself worked as an apothecary at Malmö, Stockholm, Uppsala, and Köping.  Working on his own, Scheele gained a vast knowledge in chemistry and was said to have surpassed many internationally known chemists of his time.  Scheele discovered many new substances such as oxygen (1772) which he called "fire air", but did not receive credit for his discoveries because he did not publish his work.  He also went on to discover chlorine (1774), glycerine, and hydrogen sulphide, as well as several types of acid. Scheele also devised many analytic techniques and was the first to verify that the same metal may go through different stages of oxidation.  He was elected to
  the Stockholm Royal Academy of Sciences in 1777.

Web Sources of Biographical Information
Wolfram Research Biographical Page
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Web link #3 (put in descriptive title)

Some Web Sources on the History of Atomic Scientists:
The History of Chemistry 1992 Woodrow Wilson Summer Institute
Selected Classic Papers from the History of Chemistry
Classic Papers from the History of Chemistry (and Some Physics too)
Classic Chemistry compiled by Carmen Giunta
History of Science website by Charlesworth
Center for the History of Physics
Echo Exploring & Collecting History Online
Atom: The Incredible World: The History of Atomistics
Nobel Prize WebPage
Biographies of Famous Chemists, University of Liverpool
University of Pennsylvania Biographies
Chemistry: A History
Famous Scientists greatly who contributed to "electro" science: electricity, electromagnetism,
electrical technology, electronics, electrical telegraphy, radio, electrochemistry, electromedicine, etc.
Elements and Atoms: Case Studies in the Development of Chemistry

Selected Biographical Books, Sections of Books, and Articles
Full biographical information on Sacks' book Uncle Tungsten Pages in Uncle Tungsten
Full biographical information on Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Pages in Asimov
Title of Biography #1 Title of Biography #2 home page
Barnes and Noble home page

Some Scientific/Historical Traveling Sites
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Description of Site #2 Address &/or Directions to Site #2
Description of Site #3 Address &/or Directions to Site #3
Find a Grave Website
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Sites include birthplaces, homes, labs, museums, statues, graves.
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* see following Rodgers link to scientific/historical sites for further information.
(1) Taken from The Scientific Traveler, Charles Tanford and Jacqueline, John Wiley & Sons, NY (1992).
(2) Taken from A Travel Guide to Scientific Sites of the British Isles, Charles Tanford and Jacqueline Reynolds, John Wiley & Sons, NY (1995).
(3) Taken from Guide of Eurpoean Museums with collections on History of Chemistry, compiled by Jan W. van Spronsen, Federation of European Societies, Antwerp (1996)

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