Matthew Moncrieff Pattison Muir MA (Cantab) (1849-1931)
President, Cambridge University Liberal Club, 1899-1901
From his obituary in The Times, September 3 1931, page 12:
“Mr. Matthew Moncrieff Pattison Muir, senior Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, died yesterday ay his residence at Epsom at the age of 82.
“Educated at Glasgow High School and the Universities of Glasgow and Tibingon, he was only 26 when he published with T.E. Thorpe ‘Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory Practice,’ and followed this with ‘Chemistry for Medical Students’ in 1878. In 1880 he received the honorary degree of M.A. at Cambridge, and in 1881 was elected a Fellow of Caius College where Dr. N.M. Ferrers had just begun his long and distinguished Mastership.
“For about 30 years Pattison muir was Praelector in Chemistry at Caius College…His ‘Treatise on the Principles of Chemistry’ went into a second edition in 1889. He produced ‘Elementary Chemistry’ with Charles Slater, and ‘Practical Chemistry’ with D.J. Carnegie, and was joint editor of a new edition of Watt’s ‘Dictionary of Chemistry.’ He also wrote on the story of the chemical elements, the wanderings of atoms, and the history of chenical theories and laws, including the history of alchemy. In 1914 he published ‘Roger Bacon: His Relations to Alchemy and Chemistry’…
“After his retirement from Cambridge he went to live at Norwich, where he did literary work, giving lectures, and helping the public libraries of that city. He published in 1924 ‘Man and Women of Letters in Norwich a Hundred Years Ago.’ He married in 1873, Florence, daughtr of Mr. Joseph Haslam, and had two sons. They both went to Caius College, and the elder is the vicar of Epsom and the younger is the rector of St. James’s, Edinburgh.”

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