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    Naturevolume 98pages413417 (1917) | Download Citation



    ONE of the saddest incidents of the recent terrible explosion in a works engaged in refining explosives is the death of Mr. Andrea Angel, who was at the time acting as chief chemist and assistant-manager. The exact cause of the disaster is at present unknown, but it was preceded by an outbreak of fire. When the alarm was given, Mr. Angel, who was in his quarterly went at once to the scene of the fire and warned the operatives, many of whom undoubtedly owe their lives to his devotion to duty. Mr. Angel was born at Bradford in 1877. He was educated at Exeter School, from which he went to Christ Church, Oxford, as an exhibitioner. He took a first class in chemistry in the Honour School of Natural Science in 1899, was afterwards elected Dixon research scholar, proceeded to the degree of M.A. in 1903, and took the B.Sc. degree three years later. He acted for some years as lecturer in chemistry at Brasenose, and latterly at Christ Church, and was also tutor in chemistry to non-collegiate students. Shortly after the outbreak of war he gave up his work at Oxford and took up that on which he was engaged at the time of his tragic” death. Mr. Angel was a fellow of the Chemical! Society, and although the exacting duties of a college tutor left him little leisure for research, (he was able to make several original contributions to the subject which have appeared in the Transactions of the society. He first published in 1902, in conjunction with his tutor, Mr. Hairoourt, “Observations on the Phenomena and Products of Decomposition when Normal Cupric Acetate is Heated,” and afterwards papers on “Cuprous Formate” in 1906 and on “The Isomeric Change of Halogen-substituted Diacylanilides into Acylaminoketones” in 1912. He was a man of a very lovable and unselfish nature, and wiH˜be greatly mourned by a wide circle of friends and old pupils.

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