Wednesday, 25 May 2005 - 2:05 PM

This presentation is part of: Celebrating Chemists and Chemistry, NJ and Beyond!

Thomas Edison, Chemist

Jeannette E. Brown, 2004 Société Fellow Chemical Heritage Foundation, Hillsborough, NJ

This will be a review of an ACS monograph entitled “Thomas Edison, Chemist” written by a North Jersey Chemist Byron M. Vanderbilt. We will review the book and show photos of Edison's chemistry laboratory in West Orange New Jersey. “Thomas Edison – inventor, innovator, electrical and mechanical wizard- was first and foremost a remarkably versatile chemist. He was deeply involved in chemical work before the American Chemical Society was founded and had been applying his chemical knowledge to intensely practical ends for more than 40 years before the Society's first journal on applied chemistry appeared. We will review each chapter in the book that discusses the state of the art at the time Edison worked, the chemistry behind the problems and the way Edison solved the problems. Edison's many successes can best be explained by his own words when he sad: “I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident: they came by work.”” (From the back of the book).

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