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About Peter Reed

An independent historian, Peter Reed has spoken widely on nineteenth-century science and technology, in particular chemistry, chemical technology, the environment and early chemical dictionaries. It was while working for National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside that his interest in industrial archaeology and history began. He is an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group, Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry and Newcomen Society.

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Author : Peter Reed
Publisher : Ashgate Publishing Limited
Data Published : 28 March 2014
ISBN : 1409457753
EAN : 9781409457756
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Number of Pages : 189 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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