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Sir Lowthian Bell, Bart., F.R.S.

Nature volume 71, page 230 (05 January 1905) | Download Citation



SIR Lowthian Bell, whose death at the age of eighty-eight has already been announced, studied physical science at the University of Edinburgh and the Sorbonne at Paris, and at the age of twenty-four entered the Walker ironworks, near Newcastle. There, we learn from the obituary notice in the Times, he remained until 1850, when he became connected with the chemical works at Washington, in North Durham. He greatly enlarged the works and laid down extensive plant for the manufacture of an oxy-chloride of lead introduced as a substitute for white lead by his father-in-law, Mr. H. L. Pattinson, F.R.S., with whom he was associated in the business at Washington. There, too, was introduced in 1860 almost the first plant in England for the manufacture of aluminium by the Deville sodium process.

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