Reference numberCLP/11i/21
TitlePaper, 'A paper of the honourable Robt [Robert] Boyle deposited with the secretarys [sic] of the Royal Society and opened since his death being an account of his way of making the phosphorus etc.' by Robert Boyle
Date30 September 1680
DescriptionBoyle describes how to make phosphorus from stale human urine that has been distilled over heat into a syrup. This syrup is then mixed with fine, white sand and heating in a stone retort until phosphorus is produced.

Subject: Chemistry

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'A paper of the Honourable Robert Boyl's, deposited with the secretaries of the Royal Society, Octob. 14. 1680. and opened since his death; being an account of his making the phosphorus, etc'.

Received by Robert Hooke. Read to the Royal Society on 16 October 1680.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1693.0002
Printed in 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 17, no 196, p 583
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8137Boyle; Robert (1627 - 1691); natural philosopher and chemist1627 - 1691
NA8242Hooke; Robert (1635 - 1703); natural philosopher1635 - 1703
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