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Gary Hieftje and the phenomenon of coincident discovery

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Inventions appear not to come out of the blue but rather to spring to life when the time is ripe. This is certainly true for analytical atomic spectroscopy, where the three main inventions are generally associated with one prominent name, whereas in fact all three were proposed by two independent researchers. Drawing from our own experience we shall demonstrate that shared ownership can also be observed in more mundane examples. Is this a simple case of concurrent development or is there also a competitive element?
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SPECTROSCOPY, EMISSION, ATOMIZATION, FLAMES, SPECTRA, COOLED TORCH, ATOMIC-ABSORPTION SPECTROMETRY, ARGON, Low-flow torches, ICP emission, Background correction, Atomization, Atomic absorption, FLOW, ZEEMAN

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de Galan, L, and Margaretha de Loos-Vollebregt. 2012. “Gary Hieftje and the Phenomenon of Coincident Discovery.” Spectrochimica Acta Part B-atomic Spectroscopy 76: 4–6.
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de Galan, L., & de Loos-Vollebregt, M. (2012). Gary Hieftje and the phenomenon of coincident discovery. SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART B-ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY, 76, 4–6.
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de Galan L, de Loos-Vollebregt M. Gary Hieftje and the phenomenon of coincident discovery. SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART B-ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY. 2012;76:4–6.
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de Galan, L, and Margaretha de Loos-Vollebregt. “Gary Hieftje and the Phenomenon of Coincident Discovery.” SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART B-ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY 76 (2012): 4–6. Print.
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  abstract     = {Inventions appear not to come out of the blue but rather to spring to life when the time is ripe. This is certainly true for analytical atomic spectroscopy, where the three main inventions are generally associated with one prominent name, whereas in fact all three were proposed by two independent researchers. Drawing from our own experience we shall demonstrate that shared ownership can also be observed in more mundane examples. Is this a simple case of concurrent development or is there also a competitive element?},
  author       = {de Galan, L and de Loos-Vollebregt, Margaretha},
  issn         = {0584-8547},
  journal      = {SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART B-ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY},
  keyword      = {SPECTROSCOPY,EMISSION,ATOMIZATION,FLAMES,SPECTRA,COOLED TORCH,ATOMIC-ABSORPTION SPECTROMETRY,ARGON,Low-flow torches,ICP emission,Background correction,Atomization,Atomic absorption,FLOW,ZEEMAN},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {4--6},
  title        = {Gary Hieftje and the phenomenon of coincident discovery},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sab.2012.07.014},
  volume       = {76},
  year         = {2012},
}

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