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Henry Minchin Noad

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Born 1815, 22nd June, Shawford, Frome.

Intended for a career inn the civil service in India, but the untimely death of his patron, William Huskisson, caused a change in direction.

Instead he studied chemistry and electricity, and gave a series of lectures on these subjects at institutes in Bath and Bristol.

1839 Published 'Lectures on Electricity'.

1845 Went to London and studied Chemistry under Dr. Hoffman, at the Royal College of Chemistry.

1848. Appointed to the chair of Chemistry in the Medical School of St. George's Street Hospital.

1848. Wrote a valuable treatise on 'Chemical Manipulation and Analysis, Quantitative and Qualitative'.

About 1849 he obtained the degree of doctor of physics from the University of Giessen.

1850–51 He conducted, jointly with Henry Gray (the author of Gray's Anatomy), an inquiry into the composition and functions of the spleen. The essay won the Astley Cooper prize of 1852.

1854 Appointed instructor in chemistry at the new Panopticon of Science and Arts in Leicester Square opened by the former electrical instrument maker Edward M. Clarke.

1856 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.

1857 Published 'Manual of Electricity', in two volumes.

1860 Devoted his studies to the chemistry of iron manufacture.. Contributed 'Iron' to Hunt's edition of Ure's Dictionary.

Appointed consulting chemist to the Ebbw Vale Iron Co, the Cwm Celyn and Blaina, the Aberdare and Plymouth, and several other ironworks in South Wales.

1866 Appointed Examiner of Malt Liquoprs to the India Office.

1872 Appointed Examiner in Chemistry and Physics at the Royal Miliatary Academy, Woolwich.

1872 Produced a 'Students Text-Book of Electricity'.

1872. Revised the new edition of Sir Snow Harris's 'Rudimentary Magnetism'.[1]

1877 Noad died at his home in Lower Norwood.

1877 Obituary [2]

Dr. H. M. Noad died in July, at Lower Norwood, in his 63rd year. Deceased was born at Shawford, near Frome and in 1845 came to London, where he studied chemistry under Hofmann at the Royal College of Chemistry, especially the products of the oxidation of cymol—cymene—the hydrocarbon which Gerhardt and Cahours discovered in 1840 in the volatile oil of Roman cumin, and by others in the seed of the water-hemlock, and in oil of thyme. The results were in part communicated to the Chemical Society at the time, and partly more fully elaborated and published in the "Philosophical Transactions" in later years.

Among other organic products, legumin and vitellin also formed materials for his investigation about this period; but in a short time he relinquished organic chemistry to occupy himself in another field.

In 1848 he was appointed to the chair of chemistry in the Medical School of St. George's Hospital, which he held up to the time of his lamented death. Soon after he had been called to this professorship he visited Germany, and obtained the doctorate in the University of Giessen; and about this date - in 1850-51 - he conducted, conjointly with the late Mr. Henry Gray, an enquiry into the composition and functions of the spleen. The essay resulting from this investigation gained the "Astley Cooper" prize of 1852. More recently he devoted himself to the chemistry of iron manufacture, and in 1860 he contributed the article "Iron" to Hunt's edition of "Ure's Dictionary."

1877 Obituary [3]

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  • Biography of Henry Mincin Noad, ODNB