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

J. Mertens

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    Abstract

    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 galvanoplasties (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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)241-261
    JournalAnnals of Science
    Volume55
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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