Robert Hare correspondence
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Robert Hare was a chemist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (born January 17, 1781) who is credited with developing the oxy-hydrogen blowpipe and the "galvanic deflagrator." Mr. Hare would eventually serve as a professor of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania from 1810 to 1812, in 1818, and in 1847. His own apparatus was displayed at the Franklin Institute before being given to the Smithsonian Institution. He married Harriett Clark and together they had six children. Mr. Hare converted to Spiritulism in 1854 and wrote several books on the subject. On May 15, 1858, Robert Hare died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This collection is made up of two series containing letters to Robert Hare about his scientific research, and letters concerning Edgar Fahs Smith's biography of Robert Hare entitled The Life of Robert Hare, An American Chemist (1781-1858). Documents from University of Pennsylvania in the first series include Hare's resignation from the Medical School. Smith's research materials in the second series include copies of Robert Hare's correspondence with Franklin Bache and copies of Hare's 1845 United States Patent for improvements to his hydro-oxygen blowpipes.
Forms part of: Edgar F. Smith Memorial Collection
Gift of T. Truxton Hare, 1949; Edgar Fahs Smith.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Nicole Love
- Finding Aid Date
- 2015 April 13
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