William Guthrie Gardiner

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William Guthrie Gardiner was a wealthy shipowner who was a generous benfactor to the University of Glasgow, endowing a number of chairs.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Stirling in 1848 or 1849 and married Agnes in 1889. He died in Stirling in 1935 having lived much of his life in Govan.[1] He had two brothers Frederick who became Sir Frederick Crombie Gardiner and James with whom established the company of James Gardiner & Co and made a great success from commercial shipping, owning a number of vessels although the business was not without its risks.[2] The company was sold after the First World War generating a considerable fortune.

University of Glasgow endowments[edit]

This wealth was subsequently used to greatly enrich the University of Glasgow. In 1898 they endowed a lectureship in Organic Chemistry in 1898 and later by endowing a number of Professorships which continue to this day.[3] These include:

  • Gardiner chairs of Music (1928)
  • Gardiner Chair of Physiological Chemistry (1919) - renamed Chair of Biochemistry in 1958
  • Gardiner Chair of Bacteriology (1919) - renamed Chair of Immunology in 1990
  • Gardiner Chair Organic Chemistry (1919) - now the Gardiner Chair of Chemistry
  • Gardiner Chair in the Pathology of Diseases of Infancy and Childhood (1928)

In 1938, the Gardiner Institute of Medicine was built the costs being met from their bequests.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry - William Guthrie Gardiner
  2. ^ The wreck of the "Morven"
  3. ^ The History & Constitution of the University of Glasgow