William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and metallurgist, c 1810s.

Skelton, William

 
William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and metallurgist, c 1810s.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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Engraving of William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828) by John Jackson, after a painting by William Skelton. Wollaston was the pioneer of the fabrication of platinum and also discovered palladium and rhodium. He was the first to produce ductile and malleable platinum on a commercial scale, and improved various scientific apparatus including the microscope and sextant.

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