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The First Public Chemical Laboratory in England


THE statement (NATURE, Feb. 19, p. 300) that the chemical laboratory opened in 1828 in University College, London, is the oldest public chemical laboratory in Britain can scarcely be accepted without qualification, in view of the fact that the University of Oxford had built a laboratory fitted for chemical studies so early as 1683, and that this remained in use until superseded in 1848 by Dr. Daubeny's new laboratory at Magdalen College.

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