George Service House


George Service House is the home of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII). It is named for George Service (1864-1940), a Glasgow shipowner who was first chairman of the University's Student International Club. The club occupied the building from its creation in 1922. The Indian Students Union also met there.

Designed by John James Burnet, the house was completed in 1884 and became the home of the industrial chemist George Thomas Beilby (1850-1926). Beilby's son-in-law Frederick Soddy (1887-1956), a lecturer in physical chemistry at the University from 1904 until 1914 and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1921), first introduced the concept of isotopes at a dinner party there in 1913.

The University purchased the building in 1956 for £1750 and spent £440 on furnishings. The costs were met by the University Grants Committee.


George Service House
11 University Gardens
G12 8QH
Record last updated: 27th Aug 2015