Records of the Young Chair of Technical Chemistry

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute book; Financial records; Correspondence and papers relating to the establishment of the Chair

Administrative / Biographical History

The first Chair of its type in the world, the Young Chair of Technical Chemistry was established in 1869 as the result of a munificent gift by James 'Paraffin' Young (1811-1883). Young, a former student and assistant to Professor Thomas Graham at Anderson's University, made his fortune from the Scottish shale oil industry and other industrial processes, and was a major benefactor of the University. He became a Trustee in 1858 and served as President of Anderson's University from 1868 to 1877.The proposal to found a Chair of Technical Chemistry met fierce opposition from the existing Chemistry Professors, who feared that the establishment of the new Chair would result in a decline in student numbers attending their own classes. The Young Laboratory was housed in a building adjoining the Andersonian, and was equipped to the best modern standards.

The Young Chair was technically independent of Anderson's University until 1887, when it was absorbed into the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College.

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Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison.Rules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: July 2007

Related Material

GB 249 OB Anderson's Institution/ Anderson's University/ Anderson's College Records

GB 249 OM/126 Papers of Frederick Penny (1816-1869)

GB 249 OK/6 Records of the Young Laboratory Students' Society

GB 249 T-YOU Papers of James Young