Papers of George Thomson, 1904-1979, chemistry lecturer, 1927-1969, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • University and personal papers, including articles, notebooks, photographs and programmes 1884-1975
  • Manuscripts, lectures, published work 1947-1975
  • Presscuttings and other published material for research 1904-1979
  • Archival material collected for research 1839-1848
  • Photographs, including plate glass negatives undated
  • Maps, including those of ordnance surveys 1867-1967
  • Music programmes and papers 1923-1969
  • Research on Scottish paper mills 1852-1964
  • Correspondence and papers relating to various topics 1888-1969
  • Family diaries undated

Administrative / Biographical History

George Thomson was born on 5 June 1904  in Carluke. He first matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1921  , aged 17. He graduated BSc in 1925  and obtained his PhD in 1929  . In 1927  he was appointed to the staff of the Chemistry Department in the University, where he remained as a lecturer until he retired in 1969  . Apart from chemistry, Dr Thomson published works on the industrial history of Lanarkshire, including work on the Monkland Canal and the iron and steel industry. Perhaps his most notable work is The Third Statistical Account of Scotland: The County of Lanark (volume 8), published in 1960. Thomson was awarded the MBE in 1969  for his services to music in Scotland. He died on 20 March 1979  .


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Fonds level description created by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 24 November 2004

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