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Abel, Frederick Augustus, Sir

Born: 1827 AD
Died: 1902 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Chemists

1827 – Born on the 17th of July in London.

1851 – He studied chemistry for six years under A.W. Von Hofmann at the Royal College of Chemistry, then
             became professor of chemistry at the Royal Military Academy.

1854 – He was appointed chemist to the War Department and chemical referee to the government.

1868 – His first instrument, the open-test apparatus, was specified in an Act of Parliament.

1877 – He was president of the Institute of Electrical Engineers.

1879 – He close-test instrument by August much more reliable.

1885 – He took an important part in the work of the Inventions Exhibition in London.

1887 – He became a member of the Royal Society and received a royal medal.

         – He became organizing secretary and first director of the Imperial Institute, a position he held until

                 his death.

1888 – He carried out a large amount of work in connection with the chemistry of explosives.

1891 – He and Sir James Dewar jointly invented The "smokeless powder" which came into general use

                towards the end of the 19th century

         – He became a knight.

1895 – He and Dewar were unsuccessfully sued by Alfred Nobel over infringement of Nobel’s patent  for a
            similar explosive called ballistite.

1897 – He studied the construction of electrical fuses and other applications of electricity to warlike purposes.

1902 – He died on the 6th of September and was buried in Nunhead Cemetery, one of London’s Magnificient
           Seven cemeteries.