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Edward Livingston Youmans (June 3, 1821 in Coeymans, New York – January 18, 1887 in New York City) was an American scientific writer, editor, and lecturer and founder of Popular Science magazine.

On November 4, 1861, in Saratoga, New York he married Catherine Newton "Kate" Lee (c. 1819–1894), widow of William Little Lee, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Hawaii.[1]


  • Brief explanations of a new chart of chemistry: Upon which the fundamental principles of the science ... are represented to the eye by diagrams and colors in the clearest manner (1850)
  • Alcohol and the constitution of man;: Being a scientific account of the chemical properties of alcohol, and its leading effects upon the healthy human constitution (1854)
  • Chemical atlas ;: Or, The chemistry of familiar objects (1856)
  • A class-book of chemistry: In which the principles of the science are familiarly explained and applied to the arts, agriculture, physiology, dietetics ...(1859)
  • Handbook of household science: A popular account of heat, light, air, aliment, & cleansing in their scientific principles & domestic application (1864)
  • The correlation and conservation of forces: A series of expositions by Prof. Grove ... (1867)
  • The culture demanded by modern life: A series of addresses and arguments on the claims of scientific education (1867)
  • Observations on the scientific study of human nature: A lecture delivered before the London College of Preceptors, October 10, 1866 (1867)
  • The scientific basis of prohibition (1871)
  • Herbert Spencer on the Americans and the Americans on Herbert Spencer: Being a full report of his interview, and of the proceedings of the farewell banquet of Nov. 11, 1882 (1883)


  1. ^ Barbara E. Dunn (2004). "William Little Lee and Catherine Lee, Letters from Hawai'i, 1848-1855". Hawaiian Journal of History (Hawaii Historical Society) 38: p. 61. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 


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