Saturday, January 21, 2012

Michigan is still well endowed with bromides

Herbert Henry Dow (1866-1930)

I just ordered an old biography about Herbert H. Dow. I don't own a kindle, so I tend to collect books. I have lots of older books too.

Herbert Dow based his eponymous company in Midland, Michigan because he found lots of bromide ion in the water there. I learned that when I visited there--years ago--to help a company evaluate some technology they were buying from Dow.

Dow originally invented a process for producing bromine from bromide and the story of him beating the Germans at their own game fascinates me. I want to read more.

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