Born at Wrexham 26 October 1734, son of a schoolmaster there who hailed from Antrim. He was apprenticed to a Wrexham apothecary, became assistant to an apothecary at Oxford, and finally set up as apothecary and physician at Manchester. He published several papers on chemistry and medicine, and in 1775 was elected F.R.S.; he died 18 June 1816.
He was the father of the famous chemist WILLIAM HENRY, M.D., F.R.S. (12 January 1774 - 2 September 1836), who formulated what is known as 'Henry's Law' and published an important treatise on chemistry.
William, again, was the father of WILLIAM CHARLES HENRY, M.D., F.R.S. (31 March 1804 - 7 January 1892), friend of Dalton and noted chemist. The son and grandson were born at Manchester.
Published date: 1959
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