Alexander John Forsyth

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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.

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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.