THE death of Lieut.-Col. Sir Charles Bedford, which occurred on July 8, terminates a career of scientific activity. Born in 1866, the youngest son of Dr. F. W. Bedford, headmaster of George Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh, Bedford graduated in science and medicine at the Universty of Edinburgh and entered the Indian Medical Service in 1889. His special aptitude for work of an investigatory character was soon recognised in his appointment by the Punjab Government to be chemical examiner and professor of chemistry at Lahore Medical College. In 1897 he transferred to similar posts in Bengal. Whilst holding these appointments, Bedford rendered valuable assistance to the Indian Excise authorities, particularly in connexion with alcoholic liquors. He became scientific and technical adviser to a committee of investigation into excise questions, and later was appointed director of the Central Excise Laboratory, which was formed on the recommendation of that committee.