Thomas Stewart Patterson

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Dr Thomas Stewart Patterson FRSE LLD (18721949) was a Scottish organic chemist.



He was born in Greenock in 1872 but his family came to Edinburgh in his youth and he was then educated at Merchiston Castle School. He then studied Chemistry at Andersonian college in Glasgow under Prof William Dittmar. He then went to Heidelberg where he gained his first doctorate (PhD) in 1896. He was greatly influenced there by Victor Meyer. Returning to Britain he was the first Priestley scholar at the University of Birmingham. In 1904 he began lecturing in Chemistry at Glasgow University. In 1919 he became the first Gardiner chair of Organic Chemistry. [1]

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In 1919 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Alexander Gray, George Alexander Gibson, John Glaister, Diarmid Noel Paton, Ralph Stockman, Thomas Hastie Bryce, Robert Muir, Frederick Orpen Bower and Robert Alexander Houston. He resigned from the Society in 1931. [2]

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He retired in 1942 and died in 1949.


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  1. Nature magazine, March 1949
  2. 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.