Science: Fink's Plate

To most electrochemists Columbia University's Colin Garfield Fink is the man who found a practical way to make chromium stick to other metals by electroplating. Plump, grizzled Dr. Fink has done other valuable work electroplating with tungsten and rhenium but he worked longest and hardest with chromium. When he found that sulphate ions from ordinary sulphuric acid in his plating bath would do the trick, automobiles, kitchens and modern furniture began to take on a new appearance.

Dr. Fink took out his chromium-plate patent in 1926, eventually assigned it to United Chromium, Inc....

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