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Hard-luck Scheele

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Carl Wilhelm Scheele had a hand in the discovery of at least six elements and contributed to the early development of chemistry in numerous other ways. Bruce Gibb looks into Scheele's story and considers why he doesn't get the credit that he deserves.

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    Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements (Penguin, 2001).

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    Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742–1786) (1999);

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    J. Chem. Educ. 9, 215 (1932).

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    Svenska vetensk. Academ. Handlingar 40, 238–250 (1779).

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    Tungsten and the Elements of Groups 3 to 7 (Heinemann, 2003).

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  1. Bruce C. Gibb is in the Department of Chemistry at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118, USA

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