John Dalton and the origin of the atomic theory: reassessing the influence of Bryan Higgins

  title={John Dalton and the origin of the atomic theory: reassessing the influence of Bryan Higgins},
  author={Mark I. Grossman},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={657 - 676}
  • Mark I. Grossman
  • Published 25 October 2017
  • Biology
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract During the years 1814–1819, William Higgins, an Irish chemist who worked at the Dublin Society, claimed he had anticipated John Dalton in developing the atomic theory and insinuated that Dalton was a plagiarist. This essay focuses not on William Higgins, but on his uncle Bryan Higgins, a well-known chemist of his day, who had developed his own theories of caloric and chemical combination, similar in many respects to that of Dalton. New evidence is first introduced addressing Bryan's… 

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