Young Chair of Technical Chemistry, Glasgow

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Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Young Chair of Technical Chemistry, Glasgow

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Dates of existence

1869-1887

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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Glasgow, Scotland

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Related entity

Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow (1887-1964)

Identifier of the related entity

C0065

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

1887

Description of relationship

The Young Chair joined with other institutions to form the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (which later became the Royal College of Science and Technology).

Related entity

Ramsay, Sir William, 1852-1916, Knight, chemist (1852-1916)

Identifier of the related entity

P0170

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1872 - 1874

Description of relationship

Ramsay was assistant to the holder of the Chair.

Related entity

Anderson's College, Glasgow (1796-1887)

Identifier of the related entity

C0046

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1869

Description of relationship

The Young Chair was founded by the president of Anderson's University (which later became Anderson's College).

Related entity

Young, James, 1811-1883, chemist (1811-1883)

Identifier of the related entity

P0032

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1869

Description of relationship

James Young founded the Young Chair of Technical Chemistry.

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Authority record identifier

C0029

Institution identifier

GB 249

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by Victoria Peters, November 2009

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