Anton Swab (1702-1768), a pioneer in blowpipe analysis
techniques, was a mine inspector, member of the Mining Council, Bergmastare at Skane and Kronoberg, and a prominent mineralogist and metallurgist.
Many portable blowpipe analysis systems, from small "pocket" kits to full-scale field laboratories, have survived.
In the modern-day education of mineralogists, metallurgists and chemists the study of blowpipe analysis is treated only as an historical curiosity.
von Swab was the first of many Swedish scientists who, together for almost one hundred years, dominated blowpipe analysis.
He also introduced the use of platinum wire as a sample support for blowpipe analysis.
In his autobiographical notes he refers to being urged to put his vast knowledge of blowpipe analysis in writing:
In his classic book, Employment of the Blowpipe in Chemistry and Mineralogy (1821), all aspects of blowpipe analysis are clearly summarized.
In his chapter on the history of the blowpipe, Berzelius wrote: "In the rest of Europe only one, outstanding scientist was engaged in blowpipe analysis: Mr.
His partner, Smithson Tennant (1761-1815), a chemistry professor from Cambridge, was probably introduced to blowpipe analysis by Gahn and Scheele during a trip to Sweden in 1784.