Author:John Bennet Lawes

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Sir John Bennet Lawes, 1st Baronet
(1814–1900)
FRS; English entrepreneur and agricultural scientist; founded an experimental farm at Rothamsted, where he developed a superphosphate that would mark the beginnings of the chemical fertilizer industry.
Sir John Bennet Lawes, 1st Baronet

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Lawes is best known as the collaborator with Joseph Henry Gilbert in the agricultural researches undertaken at Rothamsted Experimental Station. Between 1843 and 1901, 132 research papers were issued from Rothamsted, nearly all of which were jointly authored by Lawes and Gilbert.

  • On some points in the composition of wheat-grain, its products in the mill, and bread, 1857 (short work) external scan
  • Experimental inquiry into the composition of some of the animals fed and slaughtered as human food, 1860 external scan
  • On the sources of the nitrogen of vegetation: with special reference to the question whether plants assimilate free or uncombined nitrogen, 1862 external scan
  • Exhaustion of the soil in relation to Landlords' covenants, and the valuation of unexhausted improvements, 1870 (short work) external scan
  • Effects of the drought of 1870 on some of the experimental crops at Rothamsted, 1871 external scan
  • On the more frequent growth of barley on heavy land, 1875 external scan
  • Is higher farming a remedy for lower prices?, 1879 external scan
  • The soil of the farm, 1883 external scan
  • Determinations of nitrogen in the soils of some of the experimental fields at Rothamsted, 1883 external scan
  • The Rothamsted Memoirs on Agricultural Science, 1893 vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 5, vol 6,vol 7
  • The Rothamsted Experiments, 1895 external scan
  • Upon some properties of soils, which have grown a cereal crop and a leguminous crop for many years in succession, 1895 (short work) external scan
  • The world's wheat supply, 1898 external scan

Works about Lawes[edit]

  • The founders of the Rothamsted agricultural station. A sketch of the life and work of Sir John Bennet Lawes, bart., F.R.S., and Sir J. Henry Gilbert, F.R.S, 1902 external scan
  • The book of the Rothamsted experiments by Daniel Hall, Sir, 1864-1942; Robert Warington, 1838-1907, (1905) external scan
  • "Death of Sir John Bennet Lawes" in The Times (1900)


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