Sir John Conroy, 3rd Baronet

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Sir John Conroy, 3rd Baronet
Born(1845-08-16)16 August 1845
Died15 December 1900(1900-12-15) (aged 55)
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
Known forOptical measurements
Scientific career
FieldsPhysical chemistry, analytical chemistry
InstitutionsBalliol College, Oxford
Doctoral advisorAugustus George Vernon Harcourt[1]
Doctoral studentsSir Harold Brewer Hartley[1]

Sir John Conroy, 3rd Baronet, FRS (16 August 1845 – 15 December 1900) was an English analytical chemist.

Conroy was born in Kensington, west London, the son of Sir Edward Conroy, 2nd Baronet (1809–1869) and Lady Alicia Conroy. He was descended from the Ó Maolconaire family of Elphin, County Roscommon. The family had been the hereditary Ollamhs to the O'Connor Kings of Connacht. He was descended from Maoilin Ó Maolchonaire who was the last recognised Chief of the Sept.[2] He was educated at Eton College and then Christ Church, Oxford, also the college of his father, where he read Natural Science, gaining a first class degree in 1868.[3] His tutor was the chemical kinetics pioneer Augustus George Vernon Harcourt FRS.

He lived mostly with his mother at Arborfield Grange in Berkshire until 1880.[3] His scientific interests were in analytical chemistry, especially optical measurements. He worked mainly in a laboratory at Christ Church in Oxford. He had teaching posts at Keble College (1880–90), and Balliol College and Trinity College (1886–1900). He worked at the Balliol-Trinity Laboratories with Sir Harold Hartley and others.[4] In 1890, he became a Fellow of Balliol College.[5] In 1891, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Conroy's religious leanings were High Church and he was involved with the English Church Union. From 1897, he was treasurer of the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.

Conroy never married and died in Rome.


  1. ^ a b "Academic Genealogy of the NDSU Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" (PDF). North Dakota State University, USA. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Edmund Curtis, 'The O'Maolchonaire Family: Unpublished Letters from Sir Edward Conry, Bart., to H.F. Hoare, Esq., 1864' in Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, Vol 19, No. 3/4, (1941)
  3. ^ a b "The Conroy family, their lives, interests and business". Arborfield Local History Society, UK. Retrieved March 18, 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "The Conroy Collection: Catalogue 84 – 134: Sir John Conroy, 3rd Baronet". Balliol College Archives & Manuscripts. Balliol College, Oxford, UK. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "Balliol College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History, UK. 1954. pp. 82–95. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Conroy
(of Llanbrynmair)
Succeeded by