Andrew Norman Meldrum

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Andrew Norman Meldrum (1876, Alloa – 1934, Edinburgh) was a Scottish scientist known for his work in organic chemistry and for his studies of the history of chemistry. It has been claimed that Meldrum's acid "is the only chemical to be named after a Scotsman."[1]

He was educated at Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen, the Royal College of Science in London, and the University of Aberdeen. He taught at the universities of Aberdeen, Liverpool, Sheffield and Manchester, and entered the Indian Education Service in 1912.

His appointments in India included the Chair of Chemistry at the Madhavlal Ranchodal Science Institute in Ahmedabad, and finally, from 1925 until his retirement in 1931, principal of the Royal Institute of Science (University of Bombay).

Selected writings[edit]


  1. ^ Kidd, Hamish (November 2008). "Meldrum's Acid". Chemistry World: 35–36. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Cohen, I. Bernard (1981). Andrew N. Meldrum: Essays in the History of Chemistry. Arno Press. ISBN 0-405-13861-X. 
  • Forster, M. O.; Bush, W. A.; Cumming, W. M.; Rae, N.; Gueterbock, P. G. J.; Voelcker, J. A.; Denham, H. G.; Garner, J. H.; Forster, M. O.; Robertson, A.; Bagster, L. S.; Rawling, S. O.; Kay, F. W.; Richardson, F. W. (1934). "Andrew Norman Meldrum". Journal of the Chemical Society: 1476–1478. doi:10.1039/JR9340001468. 
  • Lipson VV & Gorobets NY (2009). "One hundred years of Meldrum's acid: advances in the synthesis of pyridine and pyrimidine derivatives". Molecular Diversity. 13 (4): 339–419. doi:10.1007/s11030-009-9136-x. PMID 19381852. 
  • McNab, Hamish (1978). "Meldrum's Acid". Chemical Society Reviews. 7 (3): 345–358. doi:10.1039/CS9780700345. 

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