Name Index


William Brockedon: A Biographical Sketch

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 9, (1877), pp. 243-249


Edward Windeatt

Prepared by Michael Steer

English pencil lead manufacturer, painter, writer and inventor, William Brockedon, FRS and FRGS, was born in 1787 in Totnes. He patented the tablet press in 1843, thus paving the way for the mass manufacture of medicines in the form that most patients know them today. The device was responsible for compressing medicinal ingredients commonly employed in pills and lozenges without the use of liquid adhesive agents. The resulting product was originally known as compressed pills. Brockedon's invention of a device to make tablets, changed the face of medicines. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the University of Michigan Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.

Babbage, Charles 243
Barnard 247
Barter, Rev Charles 246
Blackwood 247
Brockedon, Philip 244
Brockedon, Philip (2) 246
Brockedon, William throughout
Byron, Lord 247
Champernowne family 245-6
Daw, Mr 244
Elizabeth I 244
Farwell, Captain 246
Finden, W & E 247
Froude, Robert Hurrell MA 245-6
Furneaux, Dr Philip 244
Graham, Miss 246
Guiccioli, Countess 247
Hancock, Mr 248
Harding 247
Holdsworth, Governor 245
Kennicott, Benjamin DD 244
Leitch 247
Lye, Sir Edmund 243
Lye, Edward 244
Macintosh, Mr 248
Mapei, Camillo DD 247
Mitchell, Dr 244
Murray 247
Prout 247
Roberts RA 247
Shinner, Giles 246
Stanfield, Clarkson RA 246-7