Smithson's First Scientific Paper, by Royal Society of London, July 7, 1791, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 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..