Peter Reed is an independent researcher. He is a chemist who taught for seven years in Oxfordshire before spending 23 years working for the museums in Liverpool. His last post was Head of Development Office for National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (now National Museums Liverpool). He has undertaken a variety of consultancy work: the application of 3-D imaging for museum collections; museum and heritage projects, including project manager for the Museum of Carpet that opened in Kidderminster in October 2012. It was while working in Liverpool that he developed an interest in industrial archaeology and this broaden out into industrial history and the history of technology. He has written widely on 19th science and technology, in particular chemistry and chemical industry, and the impact of industry on the environment and on health. His recent publications include: Acid Rain and the Rise of the Environmental Chemist in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Life and Work of Robert Angus Smith (Ashgate, 2014) and ‘The Alkali Inspectorate 1874–1906: Pressure for Wider and Tighter Pollution Regulation,’ Ambix 59/2 (2012): 131–151. His latest book, Entrepreneurial Ventures in Chemistry: The Muspratts of Liverpool, 1793–1934, is due for publication in 2015. He is also an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group, the British Science Association and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry.