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Martindale, William (1840-1902), pharmaceutical chemist, London

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.5984-5985
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Martindale, William (1840-1902), pharmaceutical chemist, London
Date(s): 1885-1890
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Martindale | William | 1840-1902 | pharmacist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1840; apprenticed in 1856 to his great-uncle, William Robinson Martindale; Martindale went to London to gain further experience for two years he worked with James Merrel, 1862; attended the Pharmaceutical Society's school of pharmacy at Bloomsbury Square, passed the 'minor' examination in 1864 and the 'major' 1866; assistant at the pharmacy and manufacturing house of T. N. R. Morson in Southampton Row; pharmacist to the University College Hospital, where also he taught pharmacy in the medical school and became demonstrator in materia medica, 1868-; carried out original research, such as that on carbolic acid plaster and dressings with Joseph Lister, and he improved excipients for pills, and bases for pessaries and suppositories; took over the New Cavendish Street pharmacy of Hopkin and Williams, 1873; examiner for the Pharmaceutical Society, 1873-1883; Elected to the Pharmaceutical Society's council in 1889, treasurer in 1898 and then president for the year 18991900; died, 1902.
Publications: The Extra Pharmacopoeia (1883)


Scope and content/abstract:

Prescription books [of William Martindale], 1885-1890. A number of the prescriptions are in fact recipes, including formulae for Sir Joseph Lister for cyanide of mercury and zinc in suspension (e.g. no. 2000), and another for '[Franz] Ziehl's stain for the tubercle bacillus' (no. 2600). Also included are reports on the analysis of drinking water at Winchelsea and elsewhere by John Attfield, Professor of Practical Chemistry at the Pharmaceutical Society, and by Dr Charles Meymott Tidy (nos. 2438-2439, 2892, 2979, 3035).

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Described in: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by W H Martindale on permanent loan, 1927.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further prescription books of Martindale and Co. are held by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (for the years 1896-1931) and by the Wellcome Institute Library, CMAC GC/26 (for the years 1936-1970). On the Martindale formulae for Lister, see W H Martindale, 'Links with Lister', Pharmaceutical Journal, 28 May 1927, p. 616. Payment for Attfield's analysis is recorded in William Martindale's private ledger, 1889-1899, p. 143, held at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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