Reminiscences of Professor George E. Trease (1902-1986), Professor of Pharmacognosy in the Pharmacy Department, University of Nottingham, 1974

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a typed verbatim transcript of an audio tape of reminiscences made by Professor Trease at the British Pharmaceutical Conference in 1974. The tape was transcribed by Dr W.C. Evans of the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham.

The subjects covered in the transcript are Professor Trease's schooldays; memories of relatives and friends; his early training in pharmacy; arrival at the School, later the Department of Pharmacy at University College, Nottingham, then housed in Shakespeare Street; teaching accommodation at Shakespeare Street; his early work and publications; the new accommodation in the Trent Building in University Park, to which the Department moved in 1928; his activities in the Second World War; and reminiscences of colleagues and students up to his appointment as Head of Department in 1943. At the end of the transcript are general reflections on the changes in University life over the whole course of his career.

The transcript is accompanied by a letter of acknowledgement of the typescript received from Dr Evans, Sep. 1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Edward Trease was educated at Nottingham High School and the London College of Pharmacy. He was appointed as an assistant lecturer in Pharmacognosy at University College, Nottingham, in 1924 and remained at Nottingham throughout his career. He was promoted to Head of the Department of Pharmacy in 1944, and served as Professor of Pharmacognosy from 1957 until his retirement in 1967. Trease was an examiner to the Pharmaceutical Society from 1934, and subsequently to a number of different Universities. During the early years of Second World War, he worked as a member of the Commodities Intelligence Section in the Ministry of Economic Warfare. Among his publications was 'A Textbook of Pharmacognosy', first published in 1934, which became the standard and was in its 15th edition (as 'Pharmacognosy', with William Charles Evans) in 2002.


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Custodial History

The collection was deposited in the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in October 1974

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University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Notebooks and personal papers of Frank Berry (1908-1977), pharmacy student at University College Nottingham, 1930-1978 (Reference: MS 610)

University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Student notebooks of Eric Thurman, a pharmacy student at University College Nottingham, 1928-1929 (Reference: MS 318)