Sunday 5 March 2017

Hofmann & Formaldehyde

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August Wilhelm von Hofmann (8 April 1818 – 5 May 1892) the German chemist became the first director of the Royal College of Chemistry, London, 1845 - 64.

Formaldehyde was first reported in 1859 by Alexander Mikhailovich Butlerov when he attempted to synthesise methylene glycol. However, formaldehyde wasn’t conclusively identified until 1868, by Hofmann who then had returned to Germany.

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"Hodges emitted a scream the like of which
I hadn't heard since his scrotum was burned off
during my experiment with fluorine gas last year."

The Exotic Experimentation of Ernest Glitch,
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A billet of highly U235 enriched uranium

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