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William Allen (1770-1843)

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1792 Started as a clerk in Timothy Bevan and Sons of London, Druggists and Chymists

1795 Elevated to partner

1797 Allen continued in a partnership with his fellow Quaker, Luke Howard. The company became known as Allen and Howard

William Allen became a close associate of Humphry Davy, and his pharmacy was a centre of scientific research in London.

1807 Founding member of the Geological Society

1824 After marrying Charlotte Hanbury he took two of her nephews into the business, Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794-1882) and Cornelius Hanbury (1796-1869) as Allen, Hanburys and Barry

Became a Fellow of the Royal Society

1841 he was founding President of the Pharmaceutical Society.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.