Fulhame, Elizabeth (fl. 1780)

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Fulhame, Elizabeth (fl. 1780)

English chemist. Name variations: Elizabeth Fulham. Married Dr. Thomas Fulhame.

Contributed to research on combustion, reduction of metal salts, and concept of catalysis (considered the foundation of enzymology and biochemistry); studied reduction of metal salts in relation to using metal salts to stain cloth (1780); despite great skepticism of husband and friends, published widely acclaimed book, An Essay on Combustion, With a View to a New Art of Dying and Painting, Wherein the Phlogistic and Antiphlogistic Hypotheses Are Proved Erroneous (Nov 5, 1794); highly regarded in US; elected a corresponding member of the Chemical Society of Philadephia.

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