Frank Lee Pyman

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Frank Lee Pyman
Born (1882-04-08)8 April 1882
Malvern, Worcestershire, England
Died 1 January 1944(1944-01-01) (aged 61)
Nottingham, England
Residence England
Nationality English
Institutions Victoria University of Manchester
Alma mater University of Manchester,
Doctoral advisor William Henry Perkin, Jr.,
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Frank Lee Pyman FRS[1] (8 April 1882 – 1 January 1944) was an English academic and commercial research chemist.[2]

Pyman was born in Malvern, the eldest son of Frank Pyman and his wife Florence Lee, daughter of Henry Lee MP for Southampton. Pyman was a grandson of George Pyman. He studied at University of Manchester and graduated with his PhD in 1902. He worked with Eugen Bamberger at the Zürich Polytechnic. Being back in England he first joined the Thorpe research group, but Wellcome Chemical Works (now GlaxoSmithKline) in Dartford which he joined in 1905 was a better choice for him. In 1919 he went back to the University of Manchester, where he became professor for organic chemistry. After being responsible for the administration of the organic chemistry department he wanted to do more research and therefore joined Boots Pure Drug Co., Ltd. in Nottingham in 1927 where he was appointed Head of the Research Department and he became a Director of the Company in 1929, which appointment he held at the time of his death in 1944 from a protracted illness at the age of 61.


  1. ^ a b King, Harold (1944). "Frank Lee Pyman. 1882-1944". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 4 (13): 681–697. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1944.0015. JSTOR 768855. 
  2. ^ Anderson, L. (1944). "Obituary Notice: Frank Lee Pyman, D.Sc., F.R.S". The Biochemical Journal. 38 (4): 283–284. doi:10.1042/bj0380283. PMC 1258086Freely accessible. PMID 16747795.