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Miers, Johnlocked

(1789–1879)
  • D. E. Allen

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Miers, John (1789–1879), botanist and civil engineer, was born on 25 August 1789, the son of John Miers, a London jeweller and miniaturist of Yorkshire extraction, whose business he joined at an early age. Awakened to an interest in science, he then acquired on the side a sufficient knowledge of chemistry and mineralogy to mix freely with the leading up-and-coming specialists in those subjects and to devote his scanty leisure to experiments aimed at establishing the elementary composition of various gases. One of these was nitrogen, on which he published a two-part paper in ...

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