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1887
Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0032-1400

Abstract

A critical study is presented here of the contribution made by Joseph Louis Proust, Professor of Chemistry and Metallurgy at the Royal Artillery School in Segovia, to the early investigation of platinum. His researches were carried out in Spain, mainly at the Segovian House of Chemistry during the latter years of the eighteenth century, and at the platinum laboratory in Madrid in the early years of the nineteenth century. These investigations resulted in three papers about the metal; one of them is almost unknown, but it gives a procedure which he had established for the possible purification of platinum. In the other two, Proust incorrectly interpreted the results of his experimental work, but he showed a systematic approach to his scientific investigations and paid great attention to detail, being the only investigator of platinum in Spain at that time to do so.

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