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1827 Born in Lincoln, son of Robert and Rebecca Nicholson
After the death of his mother, he was sent to stay with an aunt. He started work assisting a chemist and druggist at Andover and then went to work in a London laboratory before becoming one of the first students at the Royal College of Chemistry in 1845 where he studied with A. W. Hofmann.
Then worked as Hofmann's research assistant.
1851 Robert Nicholson 67, carrier, Ann Nicholson 54, Robert Nicholson 27, Edward C Nicholson 24, analytical chemist, Mary Ann Nicholson 17, lived in Maidenhead
He left Hofmann to investigate the chemistry of iron making with a south Wales company.
Suffered an attack of typhoid fever, and returned to London.
1853 he joined in partnership with two fellow students at the Royal College of Chemistry, as Simpson, Maule, and Nicholson, to manufacture fine chemicals
1861 Edward C Nicholson 34, manufacturing chemist, lived in Kennington with his wife Louisa Nicholson 37, and sister Mary Anne Nicholson 27
1868 Retired from business, devote himself to research on rosaniline dyes.
1881 Retired manufacturing chemist, living in Lambeth with Louisa Nicholson 56
1890 Died in Herne Hill