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Undergraduate study, Queen Mary, University of London
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Extent20 boxes and 2 oversize folders
Creator NameMoss | Gerry | fl 1966-2018 | Professor of Chemistry
DescriptionPapers of Gerry Moss (fl 1966-2018), Professor of Chemistry. The papers relate to research into the history of the college, production of the college’s official pictorial centenary history book, ‘From Palace to College’, and the chemistry department at Queen Mary College.

Contains photographs and images relating to the College and its activities from throughout its history; College publications and memorabilia from events; papers relating to the College archives, enquiries into the history of the College and talks and exhibitions on the history of the College; research notes and photocopies relating to the history of the College and the Mile End site; papers relating to the production of ‘From Palace to College’ which Moss worked on with Mike Saville; academic papers co-authored by Moss on organic chemistry.

The papers of the Chemistry department include departmental information and brochures; memorabilia from events; papers relating to the construction of the new chemistry building in the 1960s; research and teaching activities; information on former staff and students.

There are also papers of or relating to the following individuals, mostly connected with the chemistry department or the College: John Herbert Buteaux Bennett; Grace Mary Buckton; R F Garwood; Dorothea Mona Grove; Wilfred John Hickinbottom; John Theodore Hewitt; John Allen Howe; David Charles Jones; Arthur Pillans Laurie; Raymond James Wood Le Ferve; Duncan Scott MacNair; R A Massy-Wetropp; James Riddick Partington; Arthur Ernest Pitt; Grahame Williams.
Admin HistoryGerry Moss graduated from Imperial College, London and studied for his PhD at the University of Cambridge. After postdoctoral work at Colombia University, New York and Imperial College he was appointed a lecturer in Organic Chemistry at Queen Mary College in 1966. His research work focussed on the chemistry of carotenoids, vitamin A and related compounds. He later became Senior Lecturer, and is now an Associate Academic in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

His specialism is in chemical nomenclature, especially organic and biochemical nomenclature. He is a consultant for the World Health Organisation which names all new International Non-Proprietary Names (all new drugs), Chairman of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature. He is a former chairman of the IUPAC Commission on Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry and was President of IUPAC Division VIII.

Moss worked on the official pictorial history of the college, ‘From Palace to College’, with Mike Saville in the mid-1980s for the College’s one hundredth anniversary. Moss’s interest in the history of the college, particularly the chemistry department, dates back to the late 1960s and creating pictorial displays for visitors to the college. He also acted as the Chemistry department’s archivist, acquiring information particularly in relation to former staff and students.
ArrangementThe collection has been arranged by the cataloguer into six series and two sub-fonds based on subject matter or type of material.
Copyright StatementNo material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.
Access StatusMostly Open
CodePerson or Corporate Body Name
DS/UK/60Queen Mary College (QMC); 1887-1989
DS/UK/62People's Palace; 1887-1954
DS/UK/64University of London; 1836-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/84Moss; Gerry (fl. 1966-2018); Professor; Academic
DS/UK/58East London Technical College; 1887-1905
DS/UK/59East London College; 1905-1934