William Hooper (chemist)

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William Hooper (1817 or 1818 - 25 September 1877[1]) was a British chemist.

Hooper set up a factory in 1845 at the old Mitcham Workhouse, on Mitcham Common. His first products were rubber goods, mostly for the medical profession. Experiments were carried out for insulating electric cables using rubber, and he devised a continuous manufacturing process for this. Hooper established Hooper's Telegraph Works, a limited company based in London's Milwall Docks with a factory on Mitcham Common. The company went into liquidation in 1877, with Hooper dying a year later at the age of sixty.[2][3]


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  2. ^ Jonathan Kinghorn (2006). "Atlantic Transport Line". Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  3. ^ Glover, Bill (16 March 2007). "History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy - British Cable Manufacturers". Retrieved 2007-05-15.