Papers of Thomas Anderson, 1819-1874, Regius Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

Volumes of lecture notes from lectures attended at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Including:

  • Chemistry notes taken at the lectures of Thomas Anderson, Professor of Chemistry c1861
  • Mathematics notes taken at the lectures of Hugh Blackburn 1860-1861

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Anderson, chemist, was born in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the High School of Leith and Edinburgh Academy before entering the  University of Edinburgh in  1839  to study medicine, graduating MD in  1841  having written his thesis The Nature of the Chemical Changes which take place in Secretion, Nutrition, and the other Functions of Living Beings. After studying in Europe he returned to Edinburgh an accomplished chemist. In  1852 , he succeeded Dr  Thomas Thomson as Regius Professor of Chemistry at the  University of Glasgow, Scotland, a post he held until his death. In  1859 , he was elected President of the  Glasgow Philosophical Society; and in 1867 president of the Chemical Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. The Royal Society of Edinburgh awarded him the Keith medal in 1855, and the Royal Society of London one of the royal medals in 1872. His last years were passed in much mental and bodily suffering, and he died on 2 November 1874. Hugh Blackburn was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow in 1849, a post he held until his retirement 1879. He was awarded an LLD by the University in 1885 and died in 1898.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography (London, 1885).


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Purchase : P M Pollak, bookseller : July 1975 : ACCN 4290

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Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections website, searching by the call number MS Gen 821.

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Fonds level description compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 03 April 2003.

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