Collection K/PP120 - BLOXAM, Sir Charles Loudon (1831-1887)

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BLOXAM, Sir Charles Loudon (1831-1887)


  • 1832-1929 (Creation)

Level of description



3 boxes

Scope and content

Collection comprises copies of correspondence, lecture notes and ephemera relating to the career of Charles Bloxam, including correspondence with other chemists such as John Frederic Daniell, Professor of Chemistry, King's College London, Sir Frederick Augustus Abel and Professor August Wilhelm Hofmann, Director of the Royal College of Chemistry, especially concerning the properties of electricity, the publication of chemistry text books by Bloxam and Abel, and the education received by Bloxam at the Royal College, 1834-1929; correspondence relating to the management of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and Bloxam's resignation as lecturer, 1856-1882; papers concerning Bloxam's tenure at King's College London, notably including reference to the reorganisation of the teaching of chemistry at King's, 1854-1873; working papers on the teaching of chemistry at King's, including outlines of the content of lectures and syllabuses, 1846-1871; lecture notes on the properties of allotropes of carbon, the calcium group of earth metals, metals in solution and solutions of acids and non- metallic bodies, 1870-1887; notebook compiled by Bloxam describing a wide variety of basic experiments including the the decomposition of water, distillation of coal and the fermentation of sugar, [1870-1887]; texts of various lectures delivered by Bloxam, 1858-1865; accounts relating to the supply of laboratory equipment to King's College and with John Churchill, Bloxam's publishing company, 1832-1890; school report for Bloxam, 1842-1846; documentation relating mainly to the funeral and marriage arrangements of family members, 1856-1872; obituaries and biography of Bloxam by David Ian Davies, published in Analytical Proceedings , August, 1981.

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Born, 1831; educated, King's College School, 1842-1845; Royal College of Chemistry, 1845-1850; Sub- Assistant to Professor August Wilhelm Hofmann, 1847; Full Assistant, 1849; private practice, 1850-1854; King's College London, 1854; Professor of Practical Chemistry, King's College London, 1855; Professor of Chemistry, King's College London, 1870; Professor of Chemistry, and Chemistry and Physics, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1855-1882; Professor of Chemistry, Royal Artillery College, Woolwich, 1864-1887; died, 1887.

Publications: Hand-book of chemistry, theoretical, practical and technical (London, 1854); Chemistry, inorganic and organic (London, 1867); Laboratory teaching: or, progressive exercises in practical chemistry (London, 1869); Metals: their properties and treatment (London, 1870).

Custodial history

King's College London and the Bloxam family.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Related materials

King's College London Council Minutes contains entries relating to Bloxam's career (Ref: KA/C/M).

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

British Library OPAC; Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw, The centenary history of King's College London (London, 1929). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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