Young, James

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Born: Jul 13, 1811 AD
Died: 1883 AD, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Industrialist


1811 – He was born on the 13th day of July this year at Lime field House, Polbeth.

 

1820 – He began to attend evening classes at the nearby Anderson's College (now Strathclyde University).

 

1832 – He became an assistant to Professor Thomas Graham.

 

1837 – He followed him to University College, London in this year.

 

1838 – He joined the chemical works of James Muspratt.

 

1844 – Then in this year, he joined the Tenants, Clow & Co.

 

1848 – He established a small business refining natural oil seepage in a Derbyshire Colliery at Alfreton, with James Oake.

 

1850 – He patented a process of extracting oil from cannel coal.

 

1851 – He quickly patented the process, and established the first truly commercial oil-works in the world at Bathgate.

 

1861 – He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

 

1864 – His patent expired this year.

 

1868 – From this year until 1877, he was President of Anderson's College and founded the Young Chair of Technical Chemistry at the College.

 

1870 – He retired from the operation of the company.

 

1873 – He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

 

1879 – He was awarded an Honorary LID of St. Andrews University.

 

1883 – He died at age 71 in his home Kelly, near Wemyss Bay, on the 13th of May this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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