Abel, Sir Frederick Augustus (1827-1902), a British chemist. He was an authority on explosives. With Sir James Dewar, Abel invented cordite, a smokeless gunpowder, in 1889. From 1854 to 1888, Abel was chemist to the British War Department. He was created a baronet in 1893.
He was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died. He has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize, although he was awarded a guest spot on “The Simpsons.” What else do you know (or not know) about this acclaimed physicist?
The man immortalized on the left was behind the three laws of motion and the universal law of gravitation. He was also competitive, temperamental and fascinated with alchemy. How well do you know Newton?