Papers of Prof. Claude Metford Thompson (1855-1933), Professor of Chemistry, 1883-1921

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Eight notebooks kept by C.M. Thompson while a student at University College London and at Bonn and Heidelberg in the 1870s. Eight notebooks kept by C.M. Thompson in the 1870s and after he came to Cardiff in 1883. Five notebooks containing notes (taken by John H. Lucas?) from lectures on mining by Sir Warrington Wilkinson Smyth, FRS, in 1785-6. Possibly part of the Thompson bequest. Six notebooks kept by C.M. Thompson at Cardiff in the 1880s and 1890s.

CLAUDE METFORD THOMPSON, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry of the University College, Cardiff, was born at Bridgwater in 1855, and was the son of Alexander and Eleanor Thompson. He died at Cardiff on January 4, 1933, at the age of seventy-seven years. Some of the following particulars of his career are from the Western Mail. Prof. Thompson was educated at University College, London; Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a scholar; and the University of Bonn. At Cambridge he obtained the degree of M.A.; his D.Sc. was awarded to him by the University of London, which university also bestowed upon him a gold medal for distinction in his subject; and the University of Wales conferred upon him the degree of D.Sc. (honoris causa) for his services during and after its institution in 1893. He was the last of the original professors appointed in 1883 when the University College, Cardiff, was opened under the principal-ship of Viriamu Jones, and he retired from the service of the College in 1921, with the title of Emeritus Professor, after a successful career as Professor of Chemistry.

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