Archive: January 2014 - Deborah Tuite

Discovery of Oxygen

I am fortunate to live in the West Country of England – surrounded by places of history and great discoveries! Not far, in a town called Calne, is a house where the element Oxygen was first isolated. Any scientist will tell you, research takes money – lots of it! So it seems to study the discovery of oxygen, one must begin by following the money trail. That starts with the son of a clothier, William Petty. Petty’s resume is quite remarkable for a lad of such humble beginnings. Vast fortunes were made during the 17th century and Sir William Petty, who lived from 1623-1687, found...

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Decisions During War

In the previous post, I presented four true situations faced by everyday people caught up in extraordinary times. In this post, I would would like to include more information about those situations. #1 Lasting from 1939 until 1945, the fight for the North Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign of World War II. It was a 'tonnage war' involving blockades and counter blockades. Being an island nation, Great Britain needed more than a million tons of supplies per week to stay alive and to keep fighting. Convoys from North America were lifelines to the European allies. Cut that lifeline...

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