First name(s)
William Beecroft
Position(s) held at King's College London
  • Professor of Botany, 1893-1919 Ref: *1
  • Emeritius Professor 1920-1923 Ref: *1
  • Lecturer of Botany and Vegetable Biology at King's College Ladies Department, 1893-[1899]

Education & professional details

School, college and/or university attended
  • Royal Grammar School, Lancaster
  • King’s College, Cambridge
  • Master of Arts (Cambridge). Doctor of Philosophy.
Position(s) held (non King's College London)
  • Science Tutor and Lecturer on Biology, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, (1886–91) Ref: *2

  • Camb. University Extension Lecturer (1891–94) Ref: *2

  • Professor of Biology, Royal Veterinary College, London [1891-] Ref: *2
Professional activities
  • Founder of South-Eastern Co-operative Agricultural Society

  • Hon. Sec., Agricultural Banks Association

  • Fellow of the Linnean Society

  • Fellow of the Chemical SocietyHon. Sec., English Land Colonisation Society

  • The Assimilation of Nitrogen by certain Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria in the Soil (1910)
  • Some Effects of Bacteriotoxins on the Germination and Growth of Plants (1911)
  • The Fixation of Nitrogen by Free-Living Soil Bacteria (1911)
  • Some Conditions Influencing Nitrogen Fixation by Aerobic Organisms (1912)
  • Some Effects of Humates on Plant Growth (1912)
  • Ammonium Humate as a Source of Nitrogen for Plants (1913)
  • The Effect of Soluble Humates on Nitrogen Fixation and Plant Growth (1913)
  • The Bacterial Treatment of Peat (1914)
  • Some Accessory Factors in Plant Growth and Nutrition (1914)
  • The Significance of Certain Food Substances for Plant Growth (1914)
  • The Formation of Humic Bodies from Organic Substances (1915)
  • A Bacterial Test for Plant-Food Accessories (Auximones) (1915)

Personal details

Date of birth
Place of birth
Apperley Bridge, Leeds
Date of death
24 March 1922
Family details

Son of J. Bottomley


  1. King’s College London Calendar 1923-1924
  2. Who’s Who 1906, 184
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