James Dewar

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Birthday
20, 1842
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Mar 27, 1923 (80)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
20, 1842
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Mar 27, 1923 (80)

About

Scottish chemist who was the first do discover that gases can turn to liquid at extremely low temperatures. The Dewar flask, an insulating storage vessel, is named after him.

Before Fame

He began research at Cambridge University in England.

Trivia

Not limiting himself to theory, he actually built a practical device that yielded significant amounts of liquid oxygen to prove his hypothesis.

Family Life

He spent his teenage years an orphan, losing both his parents at age 15.

Associated With

For his pioneering research, he was one of the first recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medal, awarded to scientists of distinction. Guglielmo Marconi won it the year before James did.