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Mr. P. A. Ellis Richards

Nature volume 139, pages 274275 (13 February 1937) | Download Citation



BY the death on December 22 last of Percy Andrew Ellis Richards at the age ot sixty-eight years, Great Britain lost one of its foremost public analysts, chemistry one of its most devoted servants, and the teaching profession one who graced it throughout a long and successful career. Born in 1868, and educated at St. Paul's School and King's College, London, he studied analytical chemistry under the late Prof. C. W. Heaton, whom he succeeded as lecturer in chemistry at Charing Cross Hospital. After the passing of his chief, he set up in practice as a consulting and analytical chemist, and was soon appointed public analyst for the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, continuing his work in this capacity when his parish was joined with others to form the City of Westminster. Not long after, he was appointed to a similar post at Hammersmith, and held both until a few years ago, when failing health compelled his retirement.

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