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George Herbert Bailey

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George Herbert Bailey (1852-1924), Chief Chemist to the British Aluminium Co


1924 Obituary [1]

GEORGE HERBERT BAILEY, D.Sc., Ph.D., died from heart failure at his residence at Datchet on April 18, 1924.

Dr. Bailey was born at Barnard Castle, in the county of Durham, on May 17, 1852. He early developed a taste for natural science—chemistry in particular.

From 1875 to 1879 he was Headmaster of the Grammar School at Bowes in North. Yorkshire, and during this period he obtained the B.Sc. degree of London University.

From 1880 to 1882 he was Science Master at Tettenhall College, near Wolverhampton, and then proceeded to the Owens College, Manchester, where he took the two final years' courses in chemistry and physics, carrying out at the same time spectroscopic researches under Professor Schuster, also researches on chlorophyll with Dr. Schunck, and on vanadium compounds in the laboratory of Professor Roscoe. While at Manchester he was awarded the Dalton Chemical Scholarship.

In 1884-5 he studied at Heidelberg under Professors Bunsen, Kopp, Quincke and Rosenbusch, and then obtained the D.Sc. degree of London University and the Ph.D. degree of Heidelberg.

From 1885 to 1909 he was Demonstrator and Lecturer in Chemistry at the Owens College, Manchester, leaving there to take up the position of Chief Chemist to the British Aluminium Company, Ltd.

In 1920 he retired from the more active duties and was retained as Advisory Chemist to the company until his death. Dr. Bailey was an original member of the Institute of Metals.

In 1913 he read a paper before the Institute on "The Corrosion of Aluminium " (J. Inst. Metals, 1913, 9, 79), and contributed to the Institute's discussions on numerous occasions.



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