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1824 William Brockedon, of Caroline Street, Bedford Square, became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
1838 He made his first in a long series of indiarubber (gutta-percha) patents. These patents would relate to using indiarubber in an liquefied form to waterproofing roofs and fabrics and to improve buoys and buoyancy in boats as well as for use in surgery and the milking of cows.
1843 He patented improvements in the manufacture of wadding for firearms as well as improvements in the manufacture of pills and medicated lozenges. The rights to this patent would later be purchased by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co.