Biography of C.H. Desch
C.H. Desch was a lecturer in Metallurgical Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in 1909. Born in London, 1874, he received his early education at Birkbeck School and Finsbury Technical College. He specialised in Geology at London University as an external student, and later moved to Wurzburg, Germany, to complete a Ph.D on the organic compounds of iron.
After completing his thesis, Desch returned to the UK and studied under the Sir William Ramsay at University College London for two years. His work culminated with his being awarded a D.Sc. In 1909 Dr Desch was appointed lecturer in Metallurgical Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. He later went onto teach Metallurgy at the Royal Techincal College, Glasgow (now the University of Strathclyde) and Sheffield University. After his teaching career he was appointed Head of the Department of Metallurgy at the National Physical Laboratory, retiring in 1939.
Deusch was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1923, and was president of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 1926 to 1928. He also served as president of both the Iron and Steel Institute and the Platinum Medal of the Institute of Metals.