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William Odling

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Professor William Odling (1829-1921), F.R.S., President of the Chemical Society.

Educated at private schools.

1847 Entered as a medical student at Guy's Hospital, in October 1847 and attended the chemical lectures delivered by Mr. Aitkin and Dr. Taylor. During his medical studentship he also worked for a short time at the Royal College of Chemistry, under Dr. Hofmann.[1]

1850-51 Appointed assistant professor of Chemistry at Guy's Hospital.[2]

1851 Graduated M.B. of the University of London.[3].

1852-1863 Had sole control of chemical classes at Guy's Hospital.[4]

1853 Read his first paper on chemistry at the Chemical Society, on the constitution of acids and salts.[5].

1853-1854 He worked for a time in the laboratory of Professor Gerhardt in Paris.[6].

1855 Gave his first Friday Evening Lecture at the Royal Institution, on the Constitution of Hydrocarbons.[7].

1855 He passed the examination and was admitted a member of the Royal College of Physicians.[8].

1856 He received the appointment of Medical Officer of Health for Lambeth, which post he held for seven years.[9].

1856 He was appointed Secretary of the Chemical Society.[10].

1859 He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal Society.[11].

1868 He was appointed Fullerian Professor of Chemistry in the Royal Institution.[12] in succession to Edward Frankland.

1868 He was made Director of the Chemical Laboratory.[13]

1873-1875 President of the Chemical Society.[14]

His principal contributions to chemical science have had relation to points of practical toxicology, to the doctrines of equivalents and atomicity, to the classification of native silicates and to the organic compounds of aluminium. He is also the author of several well known works on chemistry, including a manual of chemistry as yet incomplete (Jan 1869) but translated into French, German and Russian.[15]

1921 Died

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