Thomas Slater Price

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Prof Thomas Slater Price FRS FRSE FCS OBE (1875–1949) was a 20th-century British chemist.



He was born on 24 August 1875 in Wednesbury, south Staffordshire, the eldest son of Thomas Price, the local school headmaster, and his wife Mary Anne Slater. He was educated at King Edward's School in Birmingham, before studying Chemistry at Mason College in Birmingham and then at the University of London, gaining a BSc in 1895. He then did postgraduate studies at the University of Leipzig in Germany, under Prof Wilhelm Ostwald, gaining a PhD in 1898. [1]

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He then spent a year in Sweden studying under Prof Svante Arrhenius. In 1902 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Birmingham University and in 1903 promoted to Head of the Chemistry Department. [2]

Svante Arrhenius Swedish chemist

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In the First World War he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve receiving a military OBE.

In 1920 he became Director of the British Photographic Research Association. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1924. In 1931 he moved to Edinburgh as Professor of Chemistry at Heriot Watt University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1932. His proposers were Francis Gibson Baily, George Barger, James Cameron Smail, and James Pickering Kendall. [3]

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Prof Francis Gibson Baily MIEE FRSE (1868-1945) was a British electrical engineer remembered for his research into electromagnetism. He was one of the first to suggest the use of water power to produce electricity and as such was the forefather of hydroelectricity. He emphasised the need to preserve natural beauty and also recognised the advantages of alternating current in generating schemes.

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He retired in 1940 and died in an Edinburgh nursing home on 29 October 1949, aged 74.

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In 1904 he married Florence Beardmore.

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  1. "Thomas Slater Price, 1875-1949 | Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  2. "Prof. T. Slater Price, F.R.S." Nature. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  3. Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN   0-902-198-84-X.