John Collis Nesbit
John Collis Nesbit (12 July 1818 – 30 March 1862) was an English agricultural chemist.
Family life and education
Nesbit was born on 12 July 1818 at Bradford, Yorkshire, the son of Anthony Nesbit, a teacher, and land surveyor. Nesbit was educated at home and demonstrated an interest in the sciences and studied under John Dalton in Manchester.
Nesbit helped introduce the natural sciences into his father's school in Kennington, in 1841. Later, he took over the school and turned it into a chemical and agricultural college.
Nesbit started a consulting practice that undertook the commercial analysis of superphosphates and other artificial manures for farmers and manufacturers.
Nesbit discovered important phosphate deposits in the Ardennes in 1855, and wrote about guano fertilizers (The History and Properties of Natural Guanos, 1860) and other naturally occurring phosphates.
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