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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP38
LOWNDES, John (1892-1976)
[1950s] 1982-1984,
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Lowndes, John, 1892-1976, chemist

Administrative / Biographical history

Lowndes was born in Staffordshire, 1892. His first job was as a Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Stafford Technical School. In 1909, he moved to Canada where he worked with Prof R B Macallum in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto. On the outbreak of war, he joined the 1st Canadian Expeditionary Force, after being taken prisoner at Ypres, 1915, he spent three years as a prisoner of war in Germay. After his release in 1918, he studied Chemistry in Delft, Holland, under Jan Boesekin. He married C A V Broydon. Lowndes was for some time Science Master at Rugeley Grammar School, Staffordshire, before taking up a position in 1921 as Research Assistant to Huia Onslow. In 1923, he was appointed Demonstrator in the Department of Chemistry at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, subsequently becoming the Senior Lecturer in Chemistry. He retired in 1957.

Archival history

Acquired by St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas' Hospital Medical School Library in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of John Lowndes comprising typescript papers titled 'Departmental Story', An account of the history of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, John Lowdes FRIC, 1957; manuscript list of lecturers in Chemistry, Professors of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Also contains some related letters of Thomas McLachlan, Secretary of St Thomas Hospital, concerning the accuracy of some details, 1982-1984.

System of arrangement

1 file

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 and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Obituary in St Thomas Hospital Gazette, Vol 74, No 1, 1976. Description compiled by Alison Field

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

January 2004

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  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education

Personal names

  • Lowndes, John, 1892-1976, Chemist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • St Thomas' Hospital Medical School, London, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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