August 6, 1766 - Birth of William Hyde Wollaston, inventor of the platinum process that led to the discovery of palladium and rhodium

Doctor who changed his profession for chemistry, crystallography, metallurgy and physics.

Among his great contributions to science, the following stand out:

  • He developed a physicochemical method for processing platinum ore that led to a handsome profit and the discovery of palladium and rhodium.
  • He experimented with electricity laying the foundations for the design of the electric motor,
  • He invented a zinc battery.
  • He observed the dark lines of the solar spectrum that allowed discovering the elements in the sun.
  • He did work on the hypsometer.
  • Inventó varios dispositivos ópticos: cámara lúcida, goniómetro reflector, lente menisco, etc.
  • He invented the Cryophorus.

If you want to know more about this scientist, his achievements and his life, click on the following link: William Hyde Wollaston

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