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George Barger

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George Barger FRS FRSE FCS LLD 4 April 1878 – 5 January 1939 was a British chemist


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Positions
  • 3 Publications
  • 4 References
  • 5 Bibliography


He was born to an English mother, Eleanor Higginbotham, and Gerrit Barger, a Dutch engineer in Manchester, England

He was educated at Utrecht and The Hague High School and King's College, Cambridge His main work focused on the study of alkaloids and investigations of simple nitrogenous compounds of biological importance Barger identified tyramine as one of the compounds responsible for the biological activity of ergot extracts He also made significant contributions to the synthesis of thyroxine and vitamin B1

In 1936 and 1937 he worked with Joseph John Blackie searching for materials for research

Barger was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May, 1919 and awarded their Davy Medal in 1938

Barger was married to Florence Emily Thomas in 1904 and had two sons and one daughter

He died at Aeschi, Switzerland


  • Regius professor of chemistry, University of Glasgow, 1937–1939
  • Professor of chemistry in relation to medicine, University of Edinburgh, 1919–1937
  • Professor of chemistry, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1913–1914
  • Head of Chemical Department, Goldsmiths' College, 1909–1913
  • Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, 1903–1909


  • Some Applications of Organic Chemistry to Biology and Chemistry 1930
  • Organic Chemistry for Medical Students 1932


  1. ^ a b Former Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783 – 2002 royalsocedorguk
  2. ^ "Barger, George BRGR897G" A Cambridge Alumni Database University of Cambridge 
  3. ^ Harington, C R; Barger, G 1927 "Chemistry of Thyroxine: Constitution and Synthesis of Thyroxine" The Biochemical Journal 21 1: 169–183 doi:101042/bj0210169 PMC 1251886  PMID 16743801 
  4. ^ Percival, E G V; Jordan, L A 1947 "Obituary notices: Joseph John Blackie, 1895–1946; Robert Selby Morrell, 1867–1946" J Chem Soc: 432–433 doi:101039/JR9470000432 
  5. ^ a b Dale, H H 1940 "George Barger 1878-1939" Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 3 8: 63–85 doi:101098/rsbm19400006 
  6. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue" Royal Society 


  • Britons discover synthetic thyroxin, TR Ybarra, New York Times, Sunday 12 December 1927

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