THE appointment of Dr. T. W. J. Taylor as principal-desigifflp of the new University College of the West In deprives Oxford of a versatile chemist and a maiife an almost unique range of experience. Electe cholar of Brasenose College from the City of London School in 1913, his undergraduate career was interrupted by active service with the Essex Regiment (Gallipoli and France) during 1914–19. Returning to Oxford in the latter year, he got a ‘first’ in chemistry in June 1920 and was elected to a fellowship at Brasenose. For the ensuing twenty years he tutored the Brasenose chemists and served as a demonstrator in organic chemistry at the Dyson-Perrins Laboratory. Most of his published researches are concerned with stereochemistry, and his work on oximes is well known. With Dr. (now Prof.) Wilson Baker he undertook with notable success the task of revising Sidgwick's “Organic Chemistry of Nitrogen”: he also edited the second volume of the English revision of “Richter”. He found time to visit the United States and Canada as Rhodes Travelling Fellow in 1931, and characteristically employed a sabbatical leave in 1938 as member of an expedition to the Galapagos Islands, where he studied the plant pigments of the endemic flora.