The Chemical Precipitates of Henry Sorby

Henry Clifton Sorby (1826–1908) is best known to geologists for his pioneering use of the petrological microscope and for instigating the systematic study of fluid inclusions. He also introduced microscopy to many other areas of science. Sorby belongs to that great tradition of amateurs who have made substantial contributions to science. Being unhindered by the needs of funding bodies, Sorby’s research ranged widely and touched on many topics that are still current today.

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