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 Percy Faraday Frankland

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Percy Faraday Frankland

Birth
City of London, Greater London, England
Death 28 Oct 1946 (aged 88)
Scotland
Burial Dalmally, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Memorial ID 190733243 View Source
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Chemist. P.F. Frankland is remembered, as an outstanding British chemist, for his contributions in the field of water purification in the 19th century and for being a college professor inspiring the next generation of chemist. He was the second son of Sir Edward Frankland and his first wife. Even though he first considered becoming a physician, he followed his father's footsteps in the field of water purification. From 1869 to 1874, he studied at the University College School before proceeding to the Royal School of the Mines where he was a student of other scientists such as Thomas Henry Huxley, and Sir Warington Smyth. He received his A.R.S.M. Diploma in Geology, the Forbes Prize and the Brackenbug Entrance Scholarship to Bartholomew's Hospital by 1878. In 1881 he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of London. Afterward, he traveled to Germany to study at the University of Wurzburg receiving a PhD and graduating summa cum laude. During this time, he found that he had a talent of learning languages especially French and German. He also became interested in sports excelling in bicycle riding and rifle shooting. Returning to England, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society in June of 1891, later holding the office of vice-president, and publishing numerous scientific papers including “The Chemistry and Bacteriology of Water Supply and Sewage Disposal” and “Micro-organism in Water.” In 1888 he became the Professor of Chemistry at University College of Dundee in Scotland. In 1894 he replaced Henry Tilden, the first professor of Chemistry at the Mason College, which would become in 1900 the University of Birmingham. In January of 1897 he published “Our Secret Friends and Foes-Romance of Science Series.” In 1898 he taught a bright student studying on a Forster Scholarship, Francis William Aston, who would receive the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In February of 1902, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He succeeded his father in 1911 as president of the Chemical Society of England. In 1882 he married Grace, the daughter of Joseph Toynbee. In a time when women were not given credit for research, his wife assisted both Frankland and his father in their work. He and Grace co-authored scientific papers on bacteria and other microorganisms found in air and water. The University of Manchester Library and the University of Dundee have archived Frankland's research papers. He was the godson of Michael Faraday.


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In loving memory of
Percy Faraday Franklind
C.B.E., F.R.S.
Of the House of Letterawe
Loch Awe
Who died 28 0ct 1946
Aged 88 years
And of
Grace Coleridge
Nee Toynbee
His wife and dear companion
Who died 5 Oct 1946
Aged 87 years


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