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Andrew Ure

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Memorial at Glasgow Cathedral.

Dr. Andrew Ure (1778-1857)

He was born in Glasgow, the son of Alexander Ure, a cheesemonger and his wife, Anne. He was a remarkable polymath and a prolific author. He died in London and was buried in Highgate Cemetery.

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Third occupant of the Chair of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy at Anderson's College, Glasgow.

Andrew Ure published a number of important books, including the Dictionary of Chemistry, New System of Geology, The Philosophy of Manufacturers, Account of the Cotton Industry, Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines, The Revenue in Jeopardy from Spurious Chemistry, and The General Malaria of London. His attitide to the lives of the ordinary workers makes curious reading today. For example: "Workers in cotton mills were less liable to cholera than the rest of the population and that working at a temperature of 150 °F was not harmful. Such ills as afflicted the workers were due to their inordinate taste for bacon." [1]

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  1. [1] Spartacus Educational: British History - Child Labour - Andrew Ure