William Johnston of Liverpool

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William Johnston of Woodslee, Bromborough, Cheshire (1841–1917) was an early benefactor of the University of Liverpool in Liverpool, England. He was a wealthy Northern Irish ship owner who began business in Liverpool in 1863. The Johnston Laboratories[1] and the Johnston Chair of Biochemistry[2] (the first Chair in Biochemistry to be established in the UK, in 1903) were named after him. He funded the Chair as part of a £25,000- philanthropic gift.


  1. ^ "Opening of the Johnston Laboratories for Medical Research in the University College, Liverpool". Nature. London: Nature Publishing Group. 68 (1750): 43. 14 May 1903. doi:10.1038/068043a0. ISSN 1476-4687.
  2. ^ "Emeritus Professors, Professors and Honorary Graduates". University of Liverpool. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2008.