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Thomas Thomson
Thomas Thomson

Thomas Thomson (1773-1852) was Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University from 1818 to 1852. He was a pioneer in emphasising the importance of laboratory work in teaching his subject and has been called "the first teacher of practical chemistry in a British university."

Born in Crieff, Thomson studied at the University of St Andrews and graduated MD from the University of Edinburgh in 1799. He became a private teacher of Chemistry in Edinburgh, as well as working as a consultant with the Scottish Excise Board for which organisation he invented a new saccharometer. He moved to London in 1811, but returned to Scotland in 1817 as a lecturer in Chemistry at the University. He was appointed Regius Professor a few months later, in 1818. He continued in the post until his death, although all his teaching duties from 1846 were undertaken by his nephew Robert Dundas Thomson.

Hi son, Thomas Thomson graduated MD from the University in 1839.


Thomas Thomson

Born 12 April 1773, Crieff, Scotland.
Died 2 July 1852.
GU Degree:
University Link: Lecturer, Professor
Occupation categories: chemists
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P147489
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