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Dr Alphonse Normandy honoured with commemorative plaque by rdef

  Dr Alphonse Normandy honoured with commemorative plaque


Dr Alphonse Normandy honoured with commemorative plaque

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A Marchmont Association blue plaque was unveiled at 91 Judd Street, WC1, on Friday 23rd September, to commemorate Dr Alphonse Normandy (a.k.a. Dr Alphonse Rene le Mire de Normandy), Analytical chemist and Desalination Pioneer, who lived and worked there from 1850 to 1859. Apart from inventing a method for desalinating seawater, he invented hard soap and indigo ink.

The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Nadia Shah, with the able assistance of Emilio Gabrielli, President of the International Desalination Association (IDA), who sponsored the plaque, Dr Jim Birkett, and Niki Panourgias, Normandy's great, great, great grandson.

The event was attended by representatives of IDA, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Friends of South Norwood Cemetery, where Normandy's family grave can be found.

We are grateful to IDA for sponsoring this plaque and to Debbie Radcliffe for her dogged research and development work. We are also grateful to the leaseholders of 91 Judd Street for allowing us to install the plaque on this historic, Grade II listed building, which was built by James Burton in the early 19th century.


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