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Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936): patents

Wellcome, Henry S. (Henry Solomon), Sir, 1853-1936.
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About this work


A collection of twenty-eight printed patents issued to Henry Wellcome for a variety of inventions, chiefly for products or processes that would have been used by the firm Burroughs Wellcome.

The patents (detailed below) move, broadly speaking, from medical manufacturing techniques (including the "tabloid" process for compressing precise dosages of drugs into robust tablets that played a major part in Burroughs Wellcome's success) and general inventions in the earlier years to a focus specifically on pharmaceutical chemistry in the latter years:

1881: Aërated beverages

1884: An improved substitute for sponges especially applicable for medical purposes, but adapted also for ordinary use

1887: Improvements in apparatus for compressing drugs and other substances

1888: Improvements in inhalers

1891: An improved hypodermic syringe

1897: Improvements in syringes for use in subcutaneous or other injections

1898: Device to be applied to the inside of head gear for the conveyance of small articles

1898: Improvements in the manufacture of fine chemical products for use in pharmacy and other purposes

1899: Method and means for hermetically enclosing substances

1901: Improvements in the preparation of surgical and other bandages, cotton wool, lint and similar articles

1906: Manufacture of a new salicylic acid derivative

1907: Manufacture of new compounds containing chlorine from methylene ethers of pyrocatechol derivatives

1907: A method of packing rolled surgical dressings

1907: Improvements in and connected with the packing of gauze or other dressing

1907: Improvements in apparatus for containing and injecting serums or other substances

1907: Improvements in the photographic processes of toning and intensifying

1908: Manufacture of new therapeutic compounds

1908: Manufacture of cyclic carbonates of halogen derivatives of ethyl and propyl 3, 4-dihydroxybenzene

1908: Manufacture of a new therapeutic compound

1908: Manufacture of new therapeutic compounds

1909: Method of manufacture of a physiologically active base

1909: Synthesis of a physiologically active base and intermediate products in its production

1909: Manufacture of new therapeutic compounds

1909: Manufacture of new therapeutic compounds

1909: Manufacture of new therapeutic compounds

1909: Preparation of a physiologically active base and of intermediate compounds therefor

1910: Manufacture of a physiologically active base

1910: Displaying goods for sale or inspection.



Physical description

1 file The individual patents have apparently been torn out of bound volumes.


Filed in chronological order.

Acquisition note

Purchased from M.A. Stroh (bookseller), July 2015.

Related material

In the Wellcome Library:

Products documented in these patents will occur in the papers of the Wellcome Foundation (WF/).

Ownership note

This material was purchased from a dealer specialising in patent material: it is assumed that they were assembled into this grouping by that dealer and did not previously form an organic whole.


  • English

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