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April 21, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(16):1159-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640430047023

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Sir James Dewar  Sir James Dewar, F.R.S., known all over the world for his liquefaction of what used to be called the permanent gases, died recently. Born at Kincardine-on-Forth in 1842, he studied at Edinburgh University, where he was a pupil of, and later assistant to, Lord Playfair, professor of chemistry. In 1875, at the age of 33, he was appointed Jacksonian professor of natural experimental philosophy at Cambridge, and two years later he became Fullerian professor of chemistry at the Royal Institution. He held both posts until his death. His popular Friday evening lectures at the Royal Institution attracted not only the ordinary public but also scientific men, of whom one said they were sure to see Dewar do something which "no one else would have thought of doing." It was there that he carried out his researches on the liquefaction of gases and the properties of matter approaching

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