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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1800–01 | 1800–01 Pharmacy Manager and Fiancé

| 1800–01 | 1800–01 Pharmacy Manager and Fiancé

(p.72) 9 | 1800–01 Pharmacy Manager and Fiancé
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

In 1800 Ørsted took employment as a temporary manager of ‘The Lion Pharmacy’ owned by his patron, Professor Manthey, who toured the Continent of Europe preparing himself to run The Royal Porcelain Factory in Copenhagen. Ørsted turned out to manage the pharmacy to the utmost satisfaction of the owner and the patronage evolved to a genuine and lifelong friendship. Their comprehensive correspondence shows that while Manthey catered for his protégé's career in technical chemistry, Ørsted was adamant in dedicating his life to scientific research, especially after he received news of the invention of the Volta-pile and of Ritter's sensational experiments, both of which he embraced as affirmations of his dynamical project. Ørsted's hitherto unknown engagement to Sophie Propsthein, housekeeper at ‘The Lion Pharmacy’, is dug out. His unsalaried position at the University and his membership of the Scandinavian Literary Society is described.

Keywords:   pharmacy-manager, Manthey, Sophie Propsthein, university teacher, scandinavian literary society

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