Smithson's First Scientific Paper

ID: SIA2011-1374

Creator: Royal Society of London

Form/Genre: Paper

Date: July 7, 1791

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000, Box 2, Folder: 3

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Summary

Page one of James Smithson's first scientific paper, "An Account of some chemical Experiments on Tabasheer," read to the Royal Society of London on 7 July 1791. James Smithson read the paper under the name of James Louis Macie, the name he used until c. 1800..It was then published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, volume LXXXI, part 2, p. 368. The paper details his many experiments on this substance found in bamboo.

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Notes

In all, Smithson wrote 27 papers as contributions to the scientific literature, 8 published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London and 19 in Thomson's Annals of Philosophy. These are reproduced in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 21, no. 327, 1881, edited by William J. Rhees.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000, Box 2, Folder: 3

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Date

July 7, 1791

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  • Chemistry
  • Publications
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London

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  • Paper
  • Object
  • Document

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SIA2011-1374

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Color ; Size: 7w x 8.25h ; Type of Image: Object ; Medium: Document

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