Papers of Charles Joseph William Brooks, 1927-2008, Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Correspondence relating to the establishment of the Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry Unit, 1965-1967;
  • Letter containing a brief history of the Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry Unit, 1994.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Joseph William Brooks was born in London on 28 September 1927  . Charles attended Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, and graduated with a second class honours BSc in 1948. He was also subsequently awarded a PhD in 1952 for his thesis The relationship between physical properties and molecular structure and a DSc in 1969. He was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in January 1963  , Senior Lecturer in February 1966  and Titular Professor in 1976  , a position which he held until his retirement in 1990. He established the combined Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Unit at the University of Glasgow in 1966  with Dr (now Professor) Geoffrey Eglinton. This was the first such Unit in a UK University and was set up with a grant from the Science Research Council. His publications include Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, (1973) with D H Williams and B S Middleditch; Biosynthesis of capsidiol in sweet peppers (Capsicum frutescens) infected with fungi in Journal of the Chemical Society: Chemical Communications, Issue 8 (1975) with F C Baker and S A Hutchison; Cyclic Boronate Derivatives in Combined Gas Chromatography - Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry in Analytical Letters, 9, issue 4 (1976) with S J Gaskell and C G Edmonds; and Di-tert-butylsilylene derivatives for the characterisation of bifunctional compounds by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in Analyst, Issue 6 (1985) with W J Cole. Professor Brooks died in Glasgow on 18 March 2008  .


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Deposit : Professor Brooks : 1994 : ACCN 1354

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Charles Joseph William Brook's PhD thesis The relationship between physical properties and molecular structure is held by Imperial College Library

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by y Moira Rankin, 19 April 2000, and members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 12 March 2004.

Description revised by Rachel Hosker, Assistant Archivist, 14 May 2003 and administrative history edited by Jane Heward, Archives Assistant, 20 July 2011.

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