Experimental steel alloys, 1820-1824.
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Samples of experimental steel alloys made by Michael Faraday (1791-1867) the English physicist. While working as a Chemical Asistant at the Royal Institution, Faraday worked with the surgical instrument maker, James Stoddart, between 1818 and 1822, to improve the quality of steel. At this time, the Royal Institution had one of the best equipped laboratories in Europe and was also the place where the chemist Humphry Davy carried out much of his scientific work.