Nature 163, 669-669 (30 April 1949) | doi:10.1038/163669a0

Sir Thomas Hill Easterfield, K.B.E



SIR THOMAS HILL EASTERFIELD died at Nelson, New Zealand, on March 1, aged eighty-three, and on March 18 his ashes were scattered in a garden nook at the cawthron Institute. He was born at Doncaster, Yorkshire in 1866, received his primary education at thq Doncaster Grammar School, and entered the Yorkshire College (now University of Leeds), where he won a scholarship in geology and gained his first insight into chemical research, which inspired his life-work. From Leeds he proceeded to Cambridge as a foundation scholar of Clare College and gained first-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos ; this was followed by studies at the Zurich Polytechnic School and at Wiirzburg. In 1888 he returned to Cambridge as a junior demonstrator in the University Chemical Laboratory, becoming a University extension lecturer in 1891, and in 1894 lecturer on pharmaceutical chemistry and chemistry of sanitary science ; he was also a master at the Perse School.