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James Smithson

Chemist, Philanthropist (1765 — 27-Jun-1829)


Nina Burleigh. The Stranger and the Statesman: James Smithson, John Quincy Adams, and the Making of America's Greatest Museum, The Smithsonian. William Morrow. 2003. 298pp.

Heather P. Ewing. The Lost World of James Smithson: Science, Revolution, and the Birth of the Smithsonian. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2007. 432pp.


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  4. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  5. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1366)

  6. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.458)

  7. Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientists (p.446)

  8. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.141)

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