Thomas William Drinkwater

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Thomas William Drinkwater FRSE LRCPE LRCSE (1852-1940) was a British physician, chemist and early forensic analyst, acting as assistant to Sir Henry Littlejohn. He later served as Public Analyst to Edinburgh, Ross and Cromarty, Inverness and Fortrose.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh organization

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) is a medical royal college in Scotland. It is one of three organisations that sets the specialty training standards for physicians in the United Kingdom. It was established by Royal charter in 1681. The college claims to have 12,000 fellows and members worldwide.

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Scottish medical association

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is an independent, charitable professional organisation committed to advancing surgical excellence through education, training, examinations and CPD, with a focus on patient care and patient outcomes. The College has seven active Faculties, covering the broad spectrum of surgical, dental and other medical practice. Its main campus is located on Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, within the William Henry Playfair designed Surgeons' Hall and adjoining buildings. The main campus includes a dedicated skills laboratory, the award-winning Surgeons' Hall Museums, a medical and surgical library and the 4-star Ten Hill Place Hotel. A second office was opened in Birmingham (UK) in 2014 and an international office opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018.

Henry Littlejohn British surgeon and forensic scientist

Sir Henry Duncan Littlejohn was a Scottish surgeon, forensic scientist and public health pioneer. He is also known as an inspiration for the literary character Sherlock Holmes.

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He was described as short, stout and clean-shaven, and was amicably known as "Drinky".

Life

He was born in Ireland in 1852. His family went to England in his youth and he was educated at King’s Lynn Grammar School in Norfolk. He studied under Francis Sutton and A.J. Bernays at St Thomas’s Hospital in London, working on analytical medical issues then did further studies in Germany.

Ireland Island in north-west Europe, 20th largest in world, politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK)

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In 1877 he came to Edinburgh working at Leith Chemical Works whilst also undertaking analytical work for Prof Henry Littlejohn. In his early days in Edinburgh he lived at 6 Preston Street and worked at a laboratory at 19 Marshall Street. [1] From 1878 until 1939 he was Lecturer in Chemistry at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, an impressive 61 years in a single role, and continuing well into his eighties. In 1928 a Jubilee Dinner was held in his honour marking 50 years in each college. He also acted as Examiner in Chemistry in both colleges, granting the qualification ChB to innumerable surgeons and physicians. [2]

Edinburgh Capital city in Scotland

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Leith district and former municipal burgh in Scotland

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In 1901 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Alexander Crum Brown, Hugh Marshall, Leonard Dobbin and David Hepburn. [3]

Royal Society of Edinburgh academy of sciences

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland's national academy of science and letters. It is a registered charity, operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland. It was established in 1783. As of 2017, it has more than 1,660 Fellows.

Alexander Crum Brown Scottish organic chemist

Alexander Crum Brown FRSE FRS was a Scottish organic chemist. Alexander Crum Brown Road in Edinburgh's King's Buildings complex is named after him.

Leonard Dobbin was an Irish Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1832 to 1837.

In later life he lived at 25 Blacket Place (an attractive house designed by Sir James Gowans) in southern Edinburgh. [4]

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He died on 25 January 1940.

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References

  1. Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1880-81
  2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1940, p.391
  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.
  4. Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1910-11