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John Sadler (1779-1838)

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John Sadler (1779 -1838), chemist, metallurgist and balloonist

1779 Born in Oxford, eldest son of James Sadler and his first wife, Mary.

1785 Made a balloon ascent with his father.

Later taught chemistry at Beddoes's Bristol Pneumatic Institution.

From 1800 he was chemical assistant at the Royal Institution, London, and assisted Humphry Davy until 1804

1804 Published "An Explanation of Terms used in Chemistry".

By 1806 he was smelting lead at Thomas Richard Beaumont's Dukesfield smelt mill, near Hexham and working on metallurgy

From 1806-1809 was active with the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society

1810 moved to Hackney to superintend the Beaufoy Chemical Works in Lambeth. Lecturer with the Hackney Literary and Philosophical Society.

1814 Paper read to the Geological Society

1821 Patented a new method of making white lead.

Sadler and his wife, Mary, had four children.

1838 died in Battersea, London, on 18 March.

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of James Sadler, ODNB