Bryce Chudleigh Burt

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Sir Bryce Chudleigh Burt, CIE, MBE (29 April 1881 - 1 January 1943) was an administrator in India during the British Raj period and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.[1] He was awarded a knighthood on 1 January 1936,[2] having previously been made a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1930[3] and a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1919.[4]

Bryce Chudleigh Burt was born on 29 April 1881 at Newark-on-Trent, England, and was educated at the Merchant Venturers' School, Bristol.[5] Subsequently he obtained a BSc from University College, London.[6]

Beginning his career as an Assistant Lecturer at Liverpool University,[7] Burt was Assistant Government Chemist and Lecturer in Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad between 1904 and 1908.[6] before moving to India. Based in Cawnpore, he was Deputy Director of Agriculture for Uttar Pradesh from 1908 to 1921,[8] having previously spent time collecting and classifying types of Indian wheat.[9] From 1935 he was vice-chairman of the Imperial Council of Agricultural Research (later known as the Indian Council of Agricultural Research),[10] for which he had been Agricultural Expert between 1929 and 1935.[7] Having served as Secretary between 1921 and 1928, he became President of the Indian Central Cotton Committee,[7][11] a representative of the Asiatic Society on the Council of the National Institute of Sciences of India,[12] and President of the Indian Lac Cess Committee.[13] In addition, between 1936 and 1938 he served as the first President of the ICJC.[14]

Burt had an Armstrong Siddeley Saloon De Luxe car (either a 12 Plus or 14 HP model) shipped to India in April 1936[7] and he left that country in April 1939.[15] He lived at Allison Road, Rhos-on-Sea, Wales, in his latter years and died on 1 January 1943 at Colwyn Bay. Since leaving India he had been Director of Animal Feeding Stuffs for the Ministry of Food.[7][16]

He had been awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind Medal in 1912.[17]


  1. ^ "Obituary". Journal of the Royal Society of Arts (The Royal Society of Arts) 91: 94, 148. 1943. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34238. p. 2. 31 December 1935. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33566. p. 5. 31 December 1929. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31114. p. 475. 7 January 1919. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  5. ^ "Obituary". Journal of the Chemical Society (Chemical Society (Great Britain)) 110 (1). 1943. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  6. ^ a b Streat, Sir Raymond (1987). Dupree, Marguerite, ed. Lancashire and Whitehall: 1931-39. 2 (1939-57). Manchester University Press. p. 410. ISBN 978-0-7190-2390-3. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Smith, Bill (2005). Armstrong Siddeley Motors: The Cars, the Company and the People in Definitive Detail. Veloce Publishing Ltd. p. 335. ISBN 978-1-904788-36-2. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  8. ^ Randhawa, Mohindar Singh (1980). A history of agriculture in India 3. Indian Council of Agricultural Research. p. 366. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  9. ^ Russell, Sir Edward John (1976). World population and world food supplies (Illustrated, reprinted ed.). Greenwood Press. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-8371-8997-0. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  10. ^ Indian Journal of Social Work (The Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work) 1: 308. 1941 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  11. ^ The Indian year book 26. Bennett, Coleman & Co. 1939. p. 746. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  12. ^ Asiatic Society (Calcutta, India); Asiatic Society of Bengal (1941). Yearbook of the Asiatic Society 6. Asiatic Society. p. 37. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  13. ^ Glover, Patrick Moore (1937). Lac cultivation in India (2nd ed.). Printed by P. C. Roy, Sri Gouranga press. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  14. ^ Randhawa, Mohindar Singh (1979). A history of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 1929-1979. Indian Council of Agricultural Research. p. 127. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  15. ^ Burns, William (1944). Technological possibilities of agricultural development in India: a note. Printed by the Supt., Govt. Printing, Punjab. p. 84. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  16. ^ "Sir Bryce Chudleigh Burt". Food manufacture (Morgan-Grampian) 18: 57. 1943. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  17. ^ "Obituary". Current Science (Indian Academy of Sciences) 12 (2): 51–52. February 1943.