John Dalton and the London atomists: William and Bryan Higgins, William Austin, and new Daltonian doubts about the origin of the atomic theory

  title={John Dalton and the London atomists: William and Bryan Higgins, William Austin, and new Daltonian doubts about the origin of the atomic theory},
  author={Mark I. Grossman},
  journal={Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science},
  pages={339 - 356}
  • Mark I. Grossman
  • Published 20 December 2014
  • History
  • Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Most historians have ruled out the possibility that John Dalton was influenced by the theories of atomists William and Bryan Higgins, as well as William Austin, in developing his first table of atomic weights on 6 September 1803. I review and evaluate the case to be made for the influence of each scientist on Dalton. Contrary to prevailing views, I raise new Daltonian doubts, especially for Bryan Higgins. 
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