George Henderson Scotland Germany

Biography of George Henderson

George Henderson
George Henderson

George Gerald Henderson (1862-1942) was Regius Professor of Chemistry, 1919 to 1937. He was Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1920 to 1923, an Assessor on the University Court, and was awarded an LLD in 1938.

Born in Glasgow, Henderson graduated from the University with first class honours in Chemistry (1881) and MA (1884) and continued his studies in Chemistry in Leipzig. In 1889 he was appointed head of the Chemistry Department at Queen Margaret College in Glasgow and he graduated DSc from the University in 1890. In 1892 he was appointed Professor of Chemistry at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College.

Henderson was an authority on the chemistry of terpene hydrocarbons, sesquiterpene chemistry and the chemistry of india rubber, balata, and gutta-percha. He was President of the Society of Chemical Industry (in 1914), of the Institute of Chemistry (1924-1927) and the Chemical Society (1931).


George Henderson

Born 30 January 1862, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 28 September 1942.
GU Degrees: BSc, 1881; MA, 1884; DSc, 1890; LLD, 1938;
University Link: Faculty Dean, Graduate, Professor
Occupation categories: chemists
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 1)
Record last updated: 26th Feb 2013

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland
Place of Birth

Germany Germany, Leipzig

University Connections

University Roles

Academic Posts