William Grove, British scientist

William Grove, British scientist

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Caption: Statue of the British judge and physical scientist Sir William Robert Grove (1811-1896). Grove is best known as a pioneer of fuel cell technology. He also anticipated the general theory of the conservation of energy. In 1842, Grove developed the first fuel cell (which he called the gas voltaic battery), which produced electrical energy by combining hydrogen and oxygen, and described it using his correlation theory. In developing the cell and showing that steam could be disassociated into oxygen and hydrogen, and the process reversed, he was the first person to demonstrate the thermal dissociation of molecules into their constituent atoms. Photographed in Woking, UK.

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