The sudden emergence of spectrochemical analysis in this country in the late 1930's and early 1940's cannot be said to have resulted from the discovery of any new basic principles, but was rather a response to needs for information on chemical composition down to lower concentrations in greatly increased numbers of samples.
Lester W. Strock, "Quantitative dc Arc Spectrochemical Analysis: History of its Development in the Decade 1930–40," Appl. Spectrosc. 23, 309-316 (1969)
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