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BABCOCK, James Francis., chemist, born in Boston, 23 February 1844. He was educated at the Lawrence scientific school, where he devoted his attention principally to chemistry. Subsequently he opened a laboratory in Boston, and he has since been occupied as an analytical chemist, also testifying as a chemical expert in important capital and patent cases. For five years he was professor of chemistry in the Boston University, and in 1881 he accepted that chair in the Massachusetts College of pharmacy. In 1870 he was inspector of milk in the city of Boston, and for ten years he filled the place of state assayer of liquors. His publications have been principally official reports relating to the chemistry of food and on sanitary topics. He is well known as the inventor of a fire-extinguisher.
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