Biography of George Barger
George Barger (1878-1939) was Regius Professor of Chemistry from the end of 1937 until his death in January 1939.
The son of a Dutch engineer, Barger was educated in Utrecht before matriculating to study at University College, London in 1896. In 1898 he went to King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1901 with a first class in Chemistry and Botany. He worked briefly in Brussels as a demonstrator in Botany, and in 1903 became a member of staff at the Wellcome Physiological Research Laboratories. In 1909 he was appointed head of the Department of Chemistry at Goldsmith's College and in 1913 he became Professor of Chemistry at Royal Holloway College.
Barger worked on the staff of the Medical Research Committee from 1914 to 1919 and he was then Professor of Chemistry at Edinburgh until his appointment to the Regius Chair in Glasgow. His main research interests were in alkaloid chemistry and the study of nitrogenous compounds of biological importance, and his achievements were recognised in a number of awards including that of the Davy Medal in 1938.