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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA K/PP120 Bloxam
BLOXAM, Sir Charles Loudon (1831-1887)
Level of description
collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Bloxam, Sir, Charles Loudon, 1831-1887, knight, Professor of Chemistry

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1831; educated, King's College School, 1842-1845; Royal College of Chemistry, 1845-1850; Sub- Assistant to Professor August Wilhelm Hofmann, 1847; Full Assistant, 1849; private practice, 1850-1854; King's College London, 1854; Professor of Practical Chemistry, King's College London, 1855; Professor of Chemistry, King's College London, 1870; Professor of Chemistry, and Chemistry and Physics, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1855-1882; Professor of Chemistry, Royal Artillery College, Woolwich, 1864-1887; died, 1887.

Publications: Hand-book of chemistry, theoretical, practical and technical (London, 1854); Chemistry, inorganic and organic (London, 1867); Laboratory teaching: or, progressive exercises in practical chemistry (London, 1869); Metals: their properties and treatment (London, 1870).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College London and the Bloxam family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Collection comprises copies of correspondence, lecture notes and ephemera relating to the career of Charles Bloxam, including correspondence with other chemists such as John Frederic Daniell, Professor of Chemistry, King's College London, Sir Frederick Augustus Abel and Professor August Wilhelm Hofmann, Director of the Royal College of Chemistry, especially concerning the properties of electricity, the publication of chemistry text books by Bloxam and Abel, and the education received by Bloxam at the Royal College, 1834-1929; correspondence relating to the management of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and Bloxam's resignation as lecturer, 1856-1882; papers concerning Bloxam's tenure at King's College London, notably including reference to the reorganisation of the teaching of chemistry at King's, 1854-1873; working papers on the teaching of chemistry at King's, including outlines of the content of lectures and syllabuses, 1846-1871; lecture notes on the properties of allotropes of carbon, the calcium group of earth metals, metals in solution and solutions of acids and non- metallic bodies, 1870-1887; notebook compiled by Bloxam describing a wide variety of basic experiments including the the decomposition of water, distillation of coal and the fermentation of sugar, [1870-1887]; texts of various lectures delivered by Bloxam, 1858-1865; accounts relating to the supply of laboratory equipment to King's College and with John Churchill, Bloxam's publishing company, 1832-1890; school report for Bloxam, 1842-1846; documentation relating mainly to the funeral and marriage arrangements of family members, 1856-1872; obituaries and biography of Bloxam by David Ian Davies, published in Analytical Proceedings , August, 1981.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry online and due to be published in hard copy.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Council Minutes contains entries relating to Bloxam's career (Ref: KA/C/M).

Description control

Archivist's Note

British Library OPAC; Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw, The centenary history of King's College London (London, 1929). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

11 August 2000


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  • Abel, Sir, Frederick Augustus, 1827-1902, 1st Baronet, Chemist
  • Bloxam, Sir, Charles Loudon, 1831-1887, Knight, Chemist
  • Daniell, John Frederic, 1790-1845, Chemist
  • Hofmann, August Wilhelm, von, 1818-1892, Chemist

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  • John Churchill Publishing
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  • Royal College of Chemistry
  • Royal Military Academy Woolwich


  • Greenwich, London, England
  • Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, London, England

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