William Fairburn

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In existographies, William Fairburn (79-8 BE) (1876-1947 ACM) (IQ:170|#416) (ID:2.39|71) (HCP:24) (SN:23) (CR:62) (LH:7) (TL:69|#159) was an English-born American naval architect, marine engineer, chemical engineer, industrial executive, and human chemistry pioneer, noted for []


In 1914, Fairburn, in his Human Chemistry, applied the physical chemistry principles of match chemistry, such as energy, entropy, affinity, temperature, friction, reaction, to people.[1]

Diamond Match Factory

Fairburn was president of the Diamond Match Company, from 1910 to 1947, during which time he devised his philosophy of people as reactive chemicals.

In 1909, Fairburn was put in charge of the Diamond Match Company, in hopes of solving some problems it had encountered, in particular the white phosphorus used in making matches caused health problems for workers and poisoned children who ate the matches.

Fairburn discovered company patents which provided an alternative, and, working with company chemists, by 1911 had made an improved match using sesquisulfide instead of phosphorus.[2]

By 1937, Diamond controlled 90% of America’s match production. Fairburn was president of the firm until his reaction end (death) in 1947.


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The following are quotes:

“As each chemical element is an entity, differing and distinct (see: individuality problem) from any other, so is each human element and entity and a personality, which, when guided by a human chemist to do work and perform his peculiar function in life, feels and acquires what no inert substance can ever acquire, namely moral stimulus of responsibility. No chemical element is in a state of harmony unless it is in contact with other elements or influences which do not antagonize or irritate, and no human chemical or worker can ever by truly happy in his work unless he is fitted by nature for the work which he is performing, and unless his general temperament are in harmony with his specific duties and environment.”
— William Fairburn (1914), Human Chemistry (pgs. 21-22)
“A classification based on their relative electricity or relative energy or enthusiasm would not of itself help us much, for misapplied energy and wasteful application of human forces are common. The classification of entropy, referring to temperature changes which can be likened to coolness, passion, explosiveness and frigidity, are all interesting but of themselves prove little.”
— William Fairburn (1914), Human Chemistry (pgs. 34-35) [3]

End matter


  1. Thims, Libb. (2008). The Human Molecule (GB) (Iss) (eB) (pdf) (pgs. 14-16). LuLu.
  2. Wagnon, William. (1950). Dictionary of American Biography (§:William Armstrong Fairburn). Scribner.
  3. Fairburn, William. (1914). Human Chemistry (pdf). The Nation Valley Press.


  • Fairburn, William. (1914). Human Chemistry (pdf). The Nation Valley Press.
  • Fairburn, William. (1916). Man and his health; Liquids. Publisher.
  • Fairburn, William. (1916). Life and Work. Publisher.
  • Fairburn, William. (1917). Mentality and Freedom. Publisher.
  • Fairburn, William. (1918). The Diagnosis of the German Obsession. Publisher.
  • Fairburn, William. (1923). Organization and Success. Publisher.
  • Fairburn, William. (1927). Justice and Law. Publisher.
  • Fairburn, William. (1931). Russia, the Utopia in chains. Publisher.
  • Fairburn, William. (1933). Work and Workers: Essays and Miscellaneous Writings. Publisher.

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