Invention Timeline – Rene Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur, French Physicist; Discoverer of the Composition of China Porcelain and Inventor of the Process of Turning Iron Into Steel and of Extracting TinSunday, July 29th, 2007
b. ? 1683 and d. October 17, 1756
French physicist; discoverer of the composition of China porcelain and inventor of the process of turning iron into steel and of extracting tin. He constructed a thermometer which maintains equal degrees of heat and cold, using what is called the Reaumur Scale. From 1708 till his death he was engaged in geometrical speculations; the strength of cordage; the development of the shells of testaceous animals; the coloring-matter of turquoise-gems; the manufacture of iron, steel, porcelain; artificial incubation; the imitating of the famous purple dye of the ancients; the graduation of thermometers; the reproduction of the claws of lobsters and crabs; the instincts and habits of insects.
Turn, turn, my wheel! What is begun
At daybreak must at dark be done,
To-morrow will be another day;
To-morrow the hot furnace flame
Will search the heart and try the frame,
And stamp with honor or with shame
These vessels made of clay.
1490 B. C.—Crockery was made by the Egyptians and Greeks.
650 B. C.—Potters flourished in Corinth.
185 B. C.—Hard porcelain was invented by Sin-Ping of China.