Sidney Thomas

Sidney Gilchrist Thomas (* 16. April 1850 in Canonbury (London) † 1. February 1885 in Paris) was an important British Metallurg.

Sidney Thomas, who had experienced human training, became first a clerk of the court. In its free hours busy it itself however with chemistry and particularly with the metallurgy. It extended its theoretical knowledge at evening institutes, the examinations to the Royal School OF Mines successfully existed it. The suggestion to be concerned with the problem of the phosphorus-rich iron ores is to have received Sidney Thomas by a lecture. After many lab tests it found out that limestone, mixed with a small quantity water glass, for the production of a basic fodder for the Bessemer converter are suitable might, in order to extract from the ores phosphorus.

Together with his cousin, the chemist P.C. Gilchrist invented it 1876/77 a procedure for the production of iron and steel from phosphorus-rich iron ore, the Thomas process designated after it. The industrielle production in this procedure to England in May 1879 one introduced, in September 1879 already into Germany.

Sidney Thomas left itself also the use of the developing cinder, the “Thomas flour “, when fertilizers patent.

Sidney G. Thomas, who was gotten sick with Tuberkulose, deceased at the 1. February 1885 in a sanatorium with Paris.

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