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Open Access Michael Faraday’s Use of Platinum in His Researches on Optical Glass

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In 1824, the British government sought to keep pace with continental advances in optical glass manufacture by funding research into the area. Faraday was put in charge of the experimental investigation and he relied heavily on platinum for vessels and instruments. Throughout the researches he was aided by William Hyde Wollaston, who manufactured and supplied the platinum initially used.
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Publication date: October 1, 1983

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