See also:born at
See also:Dresden in 1740 . Disliking his
See also:trade of
See also:bookbinding, for which he was intended, he
See also:left home 111 1755, and after taking lessons in surgery and chemistry, at Amsterdam, became a
See also:ship's surgeon in the Dutch service . In 1766, tired of
See also:life, he went to study chemistry at
See also:Leipzig, and afterwards devoted himself to metallurgy and
See also:assaying at his native place with such success that in 178o he was appointed chemist to the
See also:Freiberg foundries by the elector of Saxony . In 1785 he became assessor to the superintending
See also:board of the foundries, and in 1786 chemist to the
See also:works at
See also:Meissen . He died at Freiberg on the 26th of
See also:February 1793 . In consequence of the quantitative analyses he performed of a large number of salts, he has been credited with the
See also:discovery of the
See also:law of neutralization ( Vorlesungen fiber die chemische Verwandtschaft der Korper, 1777) . But this attribution rests on a
See also:mistake first made by J . J .
See also:Berzelius and copied by subsequent writers, and
See also:Wenzel's published
See also:work (as pointed out by G . H . Hess in 184o) does not
See also:warrant the conclusion that he realized the existence of any law of invariable and reciprocal proportions in the combinations of acids and bases .
WILLIAM CHARLES WENTWORTH (1793-1872)
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