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Name: James “Paraffin” Young

Born: 1811 in Glasgow, Scotland

Died: 1883 in Wemyss Bay, Scotland

Profession: Chemist

See also:

Thomas Graham


A student of Thomas Graham who went on to be a famous Chemist in his own right for his pioneering work in petroleum refining. He founded the Scottish oil shale industry and was one of the first to apply chemical methods to oil handling. The basic process used to is the same as that used in modern oil refineries today. James Young has often been called the “Father of the modern petrochemical industry” and his original company is now part of BP. 

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