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George Downing Liveing
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Birth: Dec. 26, 1827
Suffolk, England
Death: Dec. 26, 1924
Cambridgeshire, England

Adm. ST JOHN'S, Oct. 27, 1845; [Eldest] s. of Edward, surgeon, of Nayland, Suffolk [and Catherine Mary]. Born there [Dec. 21, 1827]. Bapt. Jan. 25, 1828.
Matric. Michs. 1846; (11th Wrangler, 1850; Nat. Sci. Trip., 1st Class, 1851); B.A. 1850; M.A. 1853; Hon. Sc.D. 1908.
Fellow, 1853-60 and 1880-1924; President, 1911-24.
Professor of Chemistry at the Staff and Royal Military Colleges, Sandhurst, 1860. Started the first course of practical chemistry for medical students, in a primitive laboratory, fitted up in a cottage in Corn Exchange Street, 1852. Professor of Chemistry, 1861-1908. In 1853 the College founded for him a College Lectureship in Chemistry and built for his use a Chemical Laboratory behind the New Court.
This assisted him in the important part he was playing in the expansion of University work, as one of the founders of modern scientific studies and the first teacher of experimental science in the University. F.R.S., 1879; Davy Medal, 1901. J.P. for Cambridge and Cambs. Married, Aug. 14, 1860, Catherine, 2nd daughter of the Rev. Rowland Ingram (Pembroke, 1821), R. of Little Ellingham, Norfolk.
Author, many articles on spectroscopy, crystallisation, etc.
The University Chemical Laboratory, finished in 1888, and then one of the finest in the Kingdom, owed much to his patient and skilful planning. As the Cambridge correspondent of two successive Chancellors, Dukes of Devonshire, he discharged a task of considerable responsibility with strict impartiality and great industry, and with characteristic scrupulousness destroyed all the records of this before his death.His disinterestedness, unfailing rectitude and distinguished presence made him one of the most esteemed figures in the University, and in his old age his tall bent figure as he made his daily journeys between his home and College was one of the most familiar in the town. On the 75th anniversary of his matriculation, in the Combination Room of St John's, the Vice-Chancellor presented him with an address from the University (printed in the Eagle, Jan. 1922)ľan occasion probably unique in the University's annals. He had a remarkable memory, talked freely of the men and events of the past, but would write no reminiscences; 'I never look back,' he said, 'I look always forward.' Resided first at The Pightle, Newnham, and latterly in Maid's Causeway. Died Dec. 26, 1924, aged 97, as the result of being knocked down by a cyclist while walking to his laboratory. Brother of the above and of Robert Liveing (1852).


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  Catharine Ingram Liveing (1842 - 1888)*
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Ascension Parish Burial Ground
City of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: 4D6
Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
Record added: Oct 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99237677
George Downing Liveing
Added by: ColinA
George Downing Liveing
Added by: ColinA
George Downing Liveing
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