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Blue Plaque honouring St Andrews Chemists

Tuesday 11 October 2016

A Royal Society of Chemistry ‘blue plaque’ was placed on the railings in North Street last week to recognise the historic contributions of Professor Thomas Purdie and Professor James Irvine in carbohydrate structure analysis in St Andrews, just before the 1st World War. Purdie and Irvine developed new derivatisation methods for sugars and using these methods worked out, among other things, the structures of glucose, fructose and lactose.

See recent RSC News Item