William Kelly (1811-1888)

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William Kelly (1811-1888), inventor and metallurgist. Photograph of a drawing of Kelly, described as "an inventor who independently and almost simultaneously with Henry Bessemer of England invented the Bessemer steelmaking process which ushered in the Steel Age."


Kelly, William 1811-1888

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2008-4709

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

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  • Steel industry and trade
  • Metal-work
  • Metallurgy


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SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-4709]

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