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Henry Wurtz Papers, 1861-1885

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Author:
Wurtz, Henry (chemist) 1828-1910
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Physical Sciences
Subject:
Union Chemical Manufacturing Company
Whig Society
Physical description:
1.42 cu. ft.: 5 boxes
Glass photonegatives: 2 items
Type:
Notebooks
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Correspondence
Books
Catalogs
Certificates
Date:
1861
1861-1885
1850-1900
19th century
1820-1910
Notes:
Wurtz, chemist and editor, contributed to theory and practice of chemistry. Studied at the College of New Jersey (later Princeton), where interest in science was awakened by studies under Joseph Henry and John Torrey. State chemist and geologist, New Jersey Geological Survey, 1854-1856. Appointed professor of chemistry and pharmacy, National Medical College of Washington, D.C. (later George Washingtonn University), 1858. During this period served as chemical examiner, U.S. Patent Office.
Opened a private laboratory in New York for general consulting work, 1861. During 1877-1887 developed processes for increasing yields of paraffin oils and other by-products of coal distillation. Devoted remaining years of his life to private consulting practice and received numerous patents relating to the distillation of paraffin hydrocarbons and other chemical products.
Summary:
Business correspondence relating to Wurtz's investigations in petroleum distillation and the dry distillation of coal; notebooks; catalogs; photographs; books; and a certificate. Includes letter to Joseph Henry from Wurtz (Nov. 9, 1861), relating to warlike inventions.
Cite as:
Henry Wurtz Papers, 1861-1885, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Distillation, Fractional
Alkylation
Local number:
83-1890 to 83-1891 (OPPS Neg.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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