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A. H. Church

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Professor Sir Arthur Herbert Church, chemist

1834 born in London, the fourth son of John Thomas Church, solicitor, and his wife, Maria Susannah Booty.

1851 Attended the Royal College of Chemistry

1855 He went to Oxford, first as assistant to Benjamin Brodie, and then in 1856 as an undergraduate at Lincoln College.

1860 He graduated. Later became a DSc, and was a fellow of King's College, London.

1863 Appointed professor of chemistry at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester. .

1879 Married Jemima Pope, in Leeds.

Appointed professor of chemistry at the Royal Academy of Arts. His interests and accomplishments were exceptionally wide. He lectured on the connections of art and science, as well as on agricultural chemistry. He discovered a hitherto unknown bird pigment, turacin. His most important publication was his "Chemistry of Paints and Painting".

1888 Elected to the Royal Society

His publications included several training manuals for practical chemists.

1909 he was created KCVO.

1915 Died at his house in Kew Gardens

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of Arthur Herbert Church, ODNB