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Edward Chambers Nicholson

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1827 Born in Lincoln, son of Robert and Rebecca Nicholson[1]

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[2]

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[3]

1868 Retired from business, devote himself to research on rosaniline dyes.

1871 Fellow of the Chemical Society, retired manufacturing chemist, lived in Lambeth with his wife Louisa[4]

1881 Retired manufacturing chemist, living in Lambeth with Louisa Nicholson 56[5]

1890 Died in Herne Hill[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1871 census
  5. 1881 census
  6. National Probate Calendar
  • Biography of Edward Chambers Nicholson, ODNB