First name(s)
William Mayhowe
Position(s) held at King's College London
  • Lecturer in Natural Science at King's College School (1892-1894)
  • Evening Class Lecturer on Physics for the Conjoint Board (1893-[1894]) Ref: *1

Education & professional details

School, college and/or university attended
  • Westminster School Ref: *4
  • City and Guilds Central College Ref: *4
Position(s) held (non King's College London)
  • Head Organizer of Elementary Science in the National Schools of Ireland, National Education Office, Ireland (1870) Ref: *3
  • Science Demonstrator, London School Board (1884) Ref: *4
  • Headmaster, unnamed school, Birmingham (1897) Ref *4
  • Head Organiser, National Science in Schools (Ireland) (1900-1919) Ref: *4
  • Senior Inspector of Technical and Scientific Education in the Irish Free State (-1921) Ref: *2 *4
  • President, Foundation Section of the British Association of the Advancement of Science (1932) Ref: *4

Personal details

Date of birth
Place of birth
Date of death
13 May 1949
Family details

Married to the famous vocalist Madame Clossett. Ref: *4


Heavily involved in devising systems of teaching science to children. In 1888-1889, for example, he was involved in setting up a ‘heuristic approach’ at St.Dunstan’s with Henry Edward Armstrong, his former teacher. Ref: *4


  1. Secretary’s In-Correspondence, KA/IC/H96, KA/IC/H97, KA/IC/H101, King’s College London Archives
  2. Hannah Gay, William P Griffith, The Chemistry Department at Imperial College London: A History, 1845–2000. 124, n.120.
  3. The London Gazette, 11 August 1903, 5080
  4. Julieanne Gallagher, “Elementary science in Irish primary schools from the late 1800s to the present day:to what extent is elementary science a new subject in Irish primary education today?” Master of Science thesis, Dublin City University, 2007. 25, 27
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