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Forenames: Thomas

Last name: HENRY

Titles and Honours: FRS

Date of birth: 1734-01-01

Date of death: 1816-01-01

Date of Election: 1781-02-28

Honorary Member? No

Obituaries: 1819, ser 2, vol 3, p 204

Present in the Dictionary of National Biography? Yes


Published many papers on chemistry in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and Medical Soc of London. "On the preservation of sea water from putrefaction by means of quicklime" (1785, vol 1, pp 41 - 51): "Observations on the bills of mortality for the towns of M'cr and Salford" (1790, vol 3, pp 159 - 173); "Case of a person becoming short-sighted in advanced age" (1790, vol 3, p 182) amongst many others

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Founder member of Lit n Phil. Sec 1781 -88, Vice-President 1788 -1807, President 1807 -16. Chemist (practical & philosophical). Father of W Henry, grandfather of W C Henry. Visiting apothecary to the Infirmary 1778 - 1812. Trustee of Cross Street Chapel. invented new way of preparing magnesium alba (1771). Founded firm of Henry & Co, chemical manufacturers, eg of aerated waters. Member of American Philos Soc; first observed use of carbonic acid to plants. Assisted in foundation of College of Arts and Sciences at M'cr

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