Edmund Hirst

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Edmund Hirst
Born Edmund Langley Hirst
(1898-07-21)21 July 1898
Died 29 October 1975(1975-10-29) (aged 77)[1]
Institutions University of Edinburgh
Notable awards Davy Medal (1948)
Fellow of the Royal Society[2]

Sir Edmund Langley Hirst CBE FRS[2] FRSE (21 July 1898 Preston, Lancashire to 29 October 1975 Edinburgh), was a British chemist. [3]


He held the Forbes Chair of Organic Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh and was head of department there from 1959 to 1968. He was also President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh between 1959-1964.

He assisted Norman Haworth in 1934 when he became the first to synthesize Vitamin C.


  1. ^ Stacey, Maurice (2004). "Hirst, Sir Edmund Langley (1898–1975)". The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/31238.  edit
  2. ^ a b Stacey, M.; Percival, E. (1976). "Edmund Langley Hirst 21 July 1898 -- 29 October 1975". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 22: 136. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1976.0006.  edit
  3. ^ Records of the Department of Chemistry Edinburgh University . Accessed March 2007