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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.
1850-51 Appointed assistant professor of Chemistry at Guy's Hospital.
1851 Graduated M.B. of the University of London..
1852-1863 Had sole control of chemical classes at Guy's Hospital.
1853-1854 He worked for a time in the laboratory of Professor Gerhardt in Paris..
1855 He passed the examination and was admitted a member of the Royal College of Physicians..
1856 He received the appointment of Medical Officer of Health for Lambeth, which post he held for seven years..
1868 He was made Director of the Chemical Laboratory.
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.