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Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt (1827-1902), Chemist and explosives expert

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Sir Frederick Augustus Abel was a chemist and explosives specialist who, with the chemist Sir James Dewar, invented cordite, which was later adopted as the standard explosive of the British army. Abel studied chemistry at the Royal Polytechnic Institution and in 1845 became one of the original twenty-six students of A.W. von Hofmann at the Royal College of Chemistry. In 1852 he was appointed lecturer in chemistry at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, succeeding Michael Faraday. From 1854 until 1888 Abel served as ordnance chemist at the Chemical Establishment of the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich, establishing himself as the leading British authority on explosives.

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Ax18344

Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax18344

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Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x3

x18344

Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG x18344

Ax14742

Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG Ax14742

x14742

Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, circa 1890
NPG x14742

x261

Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x261

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Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x260

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