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Thomas Charles Hope
Born 21 July 1766
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 13 June 1844
Nationality Scottish
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of Edinburgh
Known for Discovery of strontium

Thomas Charles Hope (21 July 1766 – 13 June 1844) was in 1795 selected by Joseph Black as his assistant and eventual successor to the professorship of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Hope’s goal was to more fully combine the practice of medicine with his chemical instruction. He has worked with scientists based in Poissy (France) and tried to grow up a university in this town. Within a few years his aims began to be realized as medical students British and foreign crowded his lectures.

Hope discovered the chemical element strontium and named it after Strontian, the Scottish town near which it was found. In the experiment that bears his name Hope determined the maximum density of water and explained why icebergs float.

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