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By Peter Reed

Robert Angus Smith (1817-1884) was once a Scottish chemist and a number one investigator into what got here to be referred to as 'acid rain'. This examine of his operating lifestyles, contextualized via dialogue of his adolescence, schooling, ideals, relatives, pursuits and impacts sheds gentle at the evolving knowing of sanitary technology in the course of the 19th century. Born in Glasgow and at the beginning educated for a occupation within the Church of Scotland, Smith as an alternative went directly to learn chemistry in Germany less than Justus von Liebig. On his go back to Manchester within the 1840s, Smith's powerful Calvinist religion lead him to enhance a robust quandary for the insanitary environmental stipulations in Manchester and different commercial cities in Britain. His appointment as Inspector of the Alkali management in 1863 enabled him to marry his social issues and his paintings as an analytical chemist, and this booklet explores his position as Inspector of the management from its inception via battles with chemical brands within the courts, to the fight to widen and tighten the regulatory framework as different damaging chemical nuisances grew to become identified. This research of Smith’s lifestyles and paintings offers a massive history to the way in which that 'chemical' got here to have such damaging connotations within the century earlier than ebook of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It additionally deals a desirable perception into the altering panorama of British politics as law and enforcement of the chemical industries got here to be noticeable as beneficial, and is vital interpreting for historians of technological know-how, expertise and within the 19th century, in addition to environmental historians looking historical past context to the twentieth-century environmental movements.

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