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John Roebuck

Roebuck, John, 1718–94, English physician, chemist, and inventor. He acted as a chemical consultant to local industries in Birmingham and invented the lead chamber process of manufacturing sulfuric acid and a process for producing malleable iron. He was a friend and patron of English engineer James Watt and at one time held a large interest in Watt's steam engine.

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