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Phelps, Dodge & Co. was founded by Anson G. Phelps in 1834 as the successor to the firm of Phelps and Peck of New York City, the leading importer of metals in the U.S. The company imported metals, mainly tin, from Great Britain and distributed them throughout the U.S., and exported cotton to England. In addition to the metal trade, Phelps & Dodge invested in the lumber industry, brass, copper and iron manufacturing, iron mining, railroads, real estate, and banking. In 1883 the firm purch...
John Joseph Beer was born July 17, 1927 at Saarbrucken, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Illinois in 1956. After early employment at Hanover College (1956-57), Eastern Illinois University (1957-58), and Oklahoma State University (1958-1961), Beer secured a position at the University of Delaware, where he taught the history of science and the history of chemistry until his retirement in 1992. With Eugene S. Ferguson, George Basalla and David A. Houn...