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Brook, Abraham (fl. 1749–1789), bookseller and natural philosopher, of unknown parentage, was the author of Miscellaneous experiments and remarks on electricity, the air pump, and the barometer, with a description of an electrometer of a new construction (1789). Brook explained that he had been interested in electrical experiments since 1749, but hitherto had not seen a friction machine that could produce as much electrical power as the one he had constructed after his friend the ...


Irvine, Alexander (bap. 1794, d. 1873), botanist and bookseller, was born at Daviot, Aberdeenshire, the second of three sons of James Irvine of Skellarts, a well-to-do farmer, and baptized there on 27 April 1794. He was educated at the grammar school at Daviot...


Wood, William (1774–1857), conchologist and bookseller, born in Kendal, Westmorland, was probably the son of John and Frances Wood baptized on 16 March 1774 at Lowther, Westmorland. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, under John Abernethy, and first practised as a surgeon at ...