[ bes-uh-mer ]
/ ˈbɛs ə mər /
Sir Henry,1813–98, English engineer: inventor of the Bessemer process.
a city in central Alabama.
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Word Origin and History for henry bessemer
in reference to the process for decarbonizing and desiliconizing pig iron by passing air through the molten metal, 1856, named for engineer and inventor Sir Harry Bessemer (1813-1898) who invented it.
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