Richard Watson (1737–1816)


    IN an article on the bicentenary of Richard Watson, professor of chemistry at Cambridge and afterwards Bishop of Llandaff, Prof. J. R. Partington (Chemistry and Industry, 56, 819 ; 1937) directs attention to his important experimental work, particularly on the freezing points of solutions of salts, and to the valuable information on contemporary chemical industries contained in Watson's "Chemical Essays". He gives reasons for concluding that some of the unfavourable criticisms of Watson are unjustified. Although Watson was ignorant of chemistry on his appointment to the professorship, he quickly made himself proficient in the subject and carried out original work of considerable merit, whilst his knowledge of pure and applied chemistry was certainly very extensive. Mr. J. P. de Castro (ibid., p. 846) also directs attention to a portrait of Watson apparently engaged in lecturing on chemistry.

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    Richard Watson (1737–1816). Nature 140, 803 (1937).

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