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Christopher White

Christopher White (c.1650-1695?) was the first professional laboratory technician. Working in Oxford he was apothecary, alchemist, experimenter, teacher, and demonstrator.

William Coates

William Coates

William Coates (1919-1993) was awarded the Bragg Medal in 1975 and made an MBE in 1980. He was also technician to Lawrence Bragg and became lecture assistant at the Royal Institution (1948-1986).

Beaker: a model technician

Beaker (1977- ) quickly became one of the foremost communicators of science of his day. As Dr. Bunsen’s assistant he showed a generation of children the wonders of the modern scientific age.