Skip to main content

Forsyth, Alexander John

Alexander John Forsyth (fôrsīth´), 1769–1843, Scottish inventor. He invented in 1807 the first workable percussion cap for the ignition of gunpowder in firearms. Forsyth refused an offer from Napoleon of £20,000 for the secret and was later pensioned by the British government.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Forsyth, Alexander John." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. 27 May. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Forsyth, Alexander John." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. (May 27, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/forsyth-alexander-john

"Forsyth, Alexander John." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Retrieved May 27, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/forsyth-alexander-john

Abercrombie, (John Ralph) Alexander (Giles)

Abercrombie, (John Ralph) Alexander (Giles) (b London, 1949). Eng. pianist and composer. Début London 1972. Gave f.ps. of pf. works by Finnissy, Xenakis, Skalkottas, etc.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Abercrombie, (John Ralph) Alexander (Giles)." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. . Encyclopedia.com. 27 May. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Abercrombie, (John Ralph) Alexander (Giles)." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. . Encyclopedia.com. (May 27, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/abercrombie-john-ralph-alexander-giles

"Abercrombie, (John Ralph) Alexander (Giles)." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. . Retrieved May 27, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/abercrombie-john-ralph-alexander-giles