It Starts With One: Christopher Marshall and Biotechnology in Early Philadelphia

| June 3, 2019

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Christopher Marshall was a busy man.
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1709, Marshall studied in England before settling in America in the late 1720s.  (Going to America was against his parents’ express wishes, so its clear Marshall had an independent streak.)  By 1729 he had established an apothecary shop right here in Philadelphia, which records indicate was the first of its kind.  The shop grew to be not only a leading retail store, but the nucleus of large-scale chemical manufacturing and a practical training school for apothecaries long before any formal pharmaceutical school existed.

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