Wollaston, William Hyde (FRS; MD) 1766 - 1828

1766-1828, chemist; physicist; physiologist, English; British

Practised medicine from 1789-1801, experimented with platinum and associated metals developing processes to use the metal that earned him a fortune. Made discovery of absorption lines in solar spectrum. 1793 - elected a fellow of the Royal Society (FRS); 1795 - elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians 1802 - The Royal Society awarded him the Copley medal