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Thomas Tyrer

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Thomas Tyrer (c1844-1918) of Thomas Tyrer and Co

Tyrer trained at the Royal College of Chemistry under Hoffmann; after he left the College he became works chemist to Messrs. May and Baker and ultimately a partner in that firm.

He devoted most of his energy and attention to the Society of Chemical Industry, with Abel, G. E. Davis, Roscoe, and Blond, and was one of its founders.

1890 He acquired the business of Messrs. Dunn and Co, manufacturing chemists of Stratford, which he continued as Tyrer and Co.

1896-7 He was President of the Society of Chemical Industry.

1907 He was Chairman of the British Pharmaceutical Conference.

"Manufacturing chemists owe in no small measure to the zeal and energy of Thomas Tyrer the drawback on spirits for exported medicaments containing alcohol, perfumery, etc., with the result that manufacturers were in a position to compete with foreign traders in these preparations. He was also largely responsible for the permission to use duty-free alcohol for research purposes at recognised teaching institutes, and for the reduction of and modification in the denaturants of industrial alcohol."[1]

During the last few years of his life, Tyrer suffered greatly from asthma and trouble with his eyesight, but these infirmities in no way interfered with his remarkable vitality and power of work.

1918 Thomas Tyrer died.

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Sources of Information

  1. RSC Obituary 1918