Samuel James Thomson

Biography of Samuel James Thomson

Samuel James (Sam) Thomson (1922 - 2006) was a graduate of the University. He became a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Titular Professor at the University.

Thomson attended Hamilton Academy. This was followed by the University of Glasgow where he studied for a BSc Honours degree in Chemistry. His studies were interrupted in 1943 when he volunteered for service in the army. He was commissioned in 1944 and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Signals in India and Malaya. He completed his BSc in 1947 and was later awarded a PhD by the University.

On completion of his studies, he was appointed to a lectureship in Chemistry at Durham University. After six years in Durham, he returned to the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer in Chemistry. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and, in 1973, a Titular Professorship.

In 1970, Thomson was appointed the Assistant Director of the Chemical Laboratories and then, in 1978, Director and Head of Department. He held this position until his retirement in 1989. He was awarded a DSc by the University in 1966 and was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1974.


Samuel James Thomson

Born 27 September 1922.
Died 4 March 2006.
University Link: Alumnus, Lecturer, Professor
GU Degrees: BSc, 1947; PhD, DSc, 1966;
Occupation categories: chemists
Record last updated: 5th Aug 2008

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