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Ranken, Clerk (chemist)

 Person

Clerk Ranken was born in 1880, Edinburgh. Educated at George Heriot’s School, he then went to Edinburgh University, graduating BSc (Pure Science) in 1902, then DSc in 1907. He was recipient of both the Hope Prize and Mackay Smith Scholarships. At the age of only 21 he read a paper before the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
As a Carnegie Fellow, he worked with Georg Bredig at Heidelberg University. On his return from Germany he became lecturer in Chemistry at the Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh, and later Assistant Professor in Chemistry. In 1917 he left academia to take up as post with Messrs. T. & J. Bernard, Ltd., the Edinburgh brewers.
Clerk Ranken died in May 1936. An obituary can be found in the Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 42, Issue 4.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

2 glass negatives & prints featuring Dr Clerk Ranken

 Fonds — Folder: EUA GD51
Identifier: EUA GD51
Content Description Two glass negatives showing Clerk Ranken in a Chemistry laboratory, c1903, and in a group of students, c1905. Along with the negatives are two later prints of the same.

Clerk Ranken in Chemistry Laboratory, c1903

 Item
Identifier: EUA GD51/1
Scope and Contents Ranken in a laboratory. In 1903 the number of Chemistry laboratories had been increased and, although we have yet to place this specifically, it is of a similar style to laboratories known to be known in the Medical School building.

Student group including Clerk Ranken, c1905

 Item
Identifier: EUA GD51/2
Scope and Contents This is assumed to be a group of Chemistry students. The doorway has been identified as one of those leading into the Reid Concert Hall (adjacent to the Medical School, where Chemistry was based). Clerk Ranken is in the front row, furthest left.