Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction and, for once, I get the chance to write about The Chemist as Hero – Герой нашего времени, if you like. A man so filled with talents that it leaves the rest of us rather speechless with wonder.
And what is more, a man who fulfilled his childhood ambition to have a bit of glassware named after him: Richard Pardy, RN, DSO, BA (Cantab) DPhil. (Oxon), PDQ, Mrs, AF(2011).
Pardy devised a lovely piece of Schlenk-ware, a short path distillation device related to Hickman’s still, a device that you will be able to read more about in a month or two.Richard also devised another cute little bit of distillation kit, using a modified sublimation probe. The image is scanned from his thesis, as the device is unpublished – who knows where the original glassware is? It was a beautiful piece of delicate glassblowing. Some will rail that it’s just a reinvention of the wheel. And indeed it is – it’s what historians of science refer to as a Mongolian still, only anaerobic. And it seems appropriate in view of his later interest in the orient. But so what? It was cute, it was clever. And it worked.
You can read about this over at the Chemistry World site. Enjoy.