Punch,  48 (1865), 112.

Chemical Canonisation



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    Notes that in declining an offer of a position at the University of Berlin, Justus von Liebig used the honorific title 'the Cross of the Commander in the Order of Merit of Holy St. Michael'. Pondering the identity of the St Michael who 'presides over the chemical Order of Merit', suggests that Pope Pius IX may have 'canonised a Protestant philosopher yet living, and constituted that eminent man of science who adorns our Royal Institution St. Michael Faraday'.

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