Davis, George Edward
- Don Freshwater
Davis, George Edward (1850–1907), chemical engineer, was born at Eton on 27 July 1850, the eldest son in the family of three sons and two daughters of George Davis, bookseller, and his wife, Lucy (née Smith). Little is known of his early education and at the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a local bookbinder. However, after two years he abandoned this trade to pursue his interest in chemistry. He went to work at the local gasworks and studied part time—initially at the ...