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From the lecture room to the workshop: John Frederic Daniell, the constant battery and electrometallurgy around 1840

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John Frederic Daniell (1790–1845) invented the constant battery in 1836. He meant it to be a philosophical instrument to be utilized in both lecture demonstrations and electrochemical laboratory research. But the constant battery was taken up in electrometallurgy, not primarily as a source of electric current but more as an electrodeposition device. As such it became an essential tool in the development of galvanoplastics (electroforming). This article traces the tortuous transformation of this lecture demonstration apparatus into an electrometallurgical tool, and includes some aspects of British and French patent laws, and the electrogilding industry.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Applied Philosophy, Wageningen Agricultural University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Publication date: 1998-07-01

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