WRIGHT, Sir Herbert (1874-1940)

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Herbert Wright, comprising correspondence with the administration department of Imperial College, 1919-1937.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1874; studied at the Royal College of Science; Scientific Assistant and Acting Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Ceylon; Controller, Government Experiment Station, Ceylon, 1900-1906; Editor, India Rubber Journal, London, 1907-1917; director and chairman, various tropical agricultural companies and trusts, 1907-1930; representative of the Royal Commission of 1851 on the Governing Body, Imperial College, 1918-1937; Chairman, Executive Committee, 1922 -1931 and Finance Committee, 1931-1938, of the Governing Body, Imperial College; Knighted, 1930; died, 1940.

Publications: include: Hevea Brasiliensis or Para Rubber: its botany, cultivation, chemistry and diseases (A M & J Ferguson, Colombo, 1905); The Cultivation of Rubber as an Investment (Rubber Plantation Development & Estates Agency, London, 1906); Rubber Cultivation in the British Empire. A lecture delivered before the Society of Arts, etc (Maclaren & Sons, London, 1907); Theobroma Cacao or Cocoa, its botany, cultivation, chemistry and diseases (A M & J Ferguson, Colombo, 1907); My Tour in Eastern Rubber Lands ... A series of articles contributed to the 'India-Rubber Journal' (Maclaren & Sons, London, 1908).

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Related Material

Records of the Governing Body (GB), held at Imperial College.