John Ludovick Thomson Waugh

Biography of John Ludovick Thomson Waugh

John Ludovick Thomson Waugh, respected academic, was a graduate of and lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

He was born in New Monkland, Lanarkshire on 13th November 1922, the son of John, a farmer. In 1939 he enrolled at the University to study for a degree in Pure Science. In his first year, he signed up for classes in Maths, Chemistry and Natural Philosophy. John was a strong student, winning three prizes during his undergraduate career: Second Class Certificates in Natural Philosophy and Chemistry in session 1939-40, and a First Class Certificate in Organic Chemistry in session 1940-41.

John graduated BSc in 1943. He then undertook a PhD at the University, writing a thesis titled ‘A study of the heteropoly tungstates of some trivalent metals’. Whilst still studying, he began to work in the Chemistry department of the University. He graduated with his PhD in 1949.

By 1961 John was working as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He contributed to numerous scientific journals, and wrote ‘The Constitution of Inorganic Compounds’ (John Wiley, 1972) and the ‘Encyclopaedia of Science and Technology’ (McGraw-Hill, 1976).

John died in June 1996. In 1997 his sister, Margaret N McRae, founded the John L T Waugh Memorial Prize in his memory. The prize is awarded annually to the outstanding Honours graduate in Chemistry who undertakes a PhD in Inorganic or Physical Chemistry at the University.


John Ludovick Thomson Waugh
Born 13 November 1922.
Died 15 June 1996.
University Link: GU Degrees: BSc, 1943; PhD, 1949;
Record last updated: 23rd May 2019

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