Arthur Aikin

Arthur Aikin

Infobox Scientist
name = Arthur Aikin
birth_date = May 19, 1773
birth_place = Warrington, Lancashire
death_date = April 15, 1854
death_place = London
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nationality = English
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field = chemist
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known_for = Geological Society of London
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Arthur Aikin (May 19, 1773 - April 15, 1854), English chemist, mineralogist and scientific writer, was born in Warrington, Lancashire.

He was the son of Dr. John Aikin.

He studied chemistry under Joseph Priestley at Warrington Academy, and gave attention to the practical applications of the science.

From 1803 to 1808 he was editor of "Annual Review".

He was one of the founders of the Geological Society of London in 1807 and was its honorary secretary in 1812-1817. He contributed papers on the Wrekin and the Shropshire coalfield, among others, to the transactions of that society.

Later he became secretary of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 1841 treasurer of the Chemical Society. In early life he had been a Unitarian minister for a short time. He was highly esteemed as a man of sound judgment and wide knowledge. He died in London.

Publications::"Journal of a Tour through North Wales and Part of Shropshire with Observations in Mineralogy and Other Branches of Natural History" (London, 1797):"A Manual of Mineralogy" (1814; ed. 2, 1815):"A Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy" (with his brother C. R. Aikin), 2 vols. (London, 1807, 1814).

NAME= Aikin, Arthur
SHORT DESCRIPTION=chemist, mineralogist, scientific writer
DATE OF BIRTH=1773-05-19
PLACE OF BIRTH=Warrington, Lancashire
DATE OF DEATH=1854-04-15

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