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Notes of Lectures of Professor Crum Brown, taken down by George Burns

Identifier: Coll-1251

Scope and Contents

The two volumes forming the collection contain a set of notes on Professor Crum Brown's lectures taken in Winter Session 1892-3 by George Burns (then residing in Grange Road, Edinburgh), in a clear and legible hand. The volumes are labelled on first pages as; Chemistry 1; and, Chemistry 2. They are stamped on the spine as 'Note Book' and on the front boards with the University badge.


  • Creation: 1892-1893


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Biographical / Historical

Alexander Crum Brown was born on 26 March 1838. He attended the Royal High School, Edinburgh, and Mill Hill School, and he studied at the Universities of Edinburgh, Heidleberg and Marburg. He was an extra-academical Lecturer in Chemistry at the University, 1863-1869. Professor Crum Brown, as he was known, was one of the greatest holders of the University of Edinburgh's Chair of Chemistry, from 1869. Anecdotal evidence suggests that although kindly and popular he struggled to keep control of some rather riotous classes. He retired in 1908. Crum Brown was President of the Chemical Society of London, 1893-1893. Professor Alexander Crum Brown died on 28 October 1922.

George Burns obtained a B.Sc. from Edinburgh University in 1896.


2 manuscript volumes

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Volumes were purchased in January 2010. Accession no: E2010.1

Processing Information

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library.

Lecture notes on Chemistry (Professor Alexander Crum Brown, 1838-1922), taken down by George Burns, 1892-93
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