John William Edward Heath (1856-1934)

Lecture and Laboratory Assistant, 1881-1925

  • John William Edward Heath

    John William Edward Heath

    Credit: Royal Institution


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  • Lecture and Laboratory Assistant, 1881-1925

Born in London, he was originally an assayer, a person who tests the makeup of ores and minerals. He assisted James Dewar with his research, for which he had the pleasure of being elected a Fellow of the Chemical Society in 1891, and the pain of losing an eye in an explosion in 1906. He aided John Tyndall, Dewar and others with their lectures in the Royal Institution and on one occasion prevented a serious accident when some liquid hydrogen ignited. He was also a gas examiner for the London County Council and after retirement undertook the same work in Hertfordshire.