John Stuart Anderson

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John Stuart Anderson FRS,[1] FAA, (9 January 1908 – 25 December 1990) was a British and Australian scientist who was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford.[2]

He was born in Islington, London, the son of a Scottish cabinet-maker, and attended school in the area but learned most of his chemistry at the Islington Public Library. His tertiary education was at the Northern Polytechnic Institute, Imperial College and the Royal College of Science, all in London.[2]

Anderson's most important research work was:[2]

In addition he carried out practical investigations on the composition of minerals mined in Australia. He developed a love of the Australian bush and, with his family, a lifelong attachment to the country.

Anderson was co-author with Harry Julius Emeléus of the seminal textbook Modern Aspects of Inorganic Chemistry, first published in 1938, which went through numerous editions and translations for over thirty years.[4]

John Stuart Anderson died from cancer in Canberra on Christmas Day, 1990.

In memory of John, the University of Melbourne created the JS Anderson Prize awarded to a promising research student in the area of Chemistry.

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  1. ^ a b Hyde, B. G.; Day, P. (1992). "John Stuart Anderson. 9 January 1908-25 December 1990". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 38: 2. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1992.0001. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Hyde and P Day (1992): "John Stuart Anderson". Historical Records of Australian Science, Volume 9 Number 2 pp. 127–149. Published online as Biographical Memoirs of Deceased Fellows, Australian Academy of Science: "John Stuart Anderson 1908–1990". Accessed 1 November 2007.
  3. ^ Anderson, J. S. (1946). "The Conditions of Equilibrium of "Non-Stoichiometric" Chemical Compounds". Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 185 (1000): 69. Bibcode:1946RSPSA.185...69A. doi:10.1098/rspa.1946.0005. 
  4. ^ Emeléus, H. J. , and Anderson, J. S. (1952): Modern Aspects of Inorganic Chemistry, second edition. Routledge and Kegan Paul, London.