1828 in science

The year 1828 in science and technology involved some significant events, listed below.

List of years in science (table)




  • Swedish chemist Jöns Jakob Berzelius produces a table of atomic weights and discovers thorium.
  • Urea becomes the first organic compound to be artificially synthesised, by Friedrich Wöhler, establishing that organic compounds could be produced from inorganic starting materials and potentially disproving a cornerstone of vitalism, the belief that life is not subject to the laws of science in the way inanimate objects are.[2][3]
  • The van Houten family of the Netherlands invent a press to remove about 50% of the cocoa butter from chocolate.[4]










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  5. ^ Puschmann, Theodor. Handbuch der Geschichte der Medizin. Vol. 3. Jena. p. 384.
  6. ^ Duncan, Henry (January 1828). "An Account of the Tracks and Footmarks of Animals found impressed on Sandstone in the Quarry of Cornockle Muir in Dumfriesshire". Royal Society of Edinburgh. 11 (1): 194–209. doi:10.1017/S0080456800021906. Retrieved 2016-04-17. Published 1831.
  7. ^ Green, George (1828). An Essay on the Application of Mathematical Analysis to the Theories of Electricity and Magnetism. Nottingham: T. Wheelhouse. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
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  10. ^ Gale, W.K.V. (1981). Ironmaking. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications. p. 22. ISBN 0-85263-546-X.
  11. ^ Bevan, John (1996). The Infernal Diver: the lives of John and Charles Deane, their invention of the diving helmet and its first application... London: Submex. pp. 28–33. ISBN 0-9508242-1-6.
  12. ^ Nicholson, Peter (1828). A Popular and Practical Treatise on Masonry and Stone-cutting. London: Thomas Hurst, Edward Chance & Company. pp. 39–60.
  13. ^ Welch, Henry (1837). Loudon, John Claudius (ed.). "On the Construction of Oblique Arches". Architectural Magazine. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman. IV: 90. The stones were cut, or dressed, previously to the erection of the centre
  14. ^ Schofield, Reginald B. (2000). Benjamin Outram, 1764–1805: An Engineering Biography. Cardiff: Merton Priory Press. pp. 149–154. ISBN 1-898937-42-7.
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