McKenzie, Alexander

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McKenzie, Alexander Gender: M
born on 6 December 1869 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Dundee, Scotland, 56n28, 3w00
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
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Scottish chemist, specializing in stereochemistry, who was the author or co-author of over 100 research papers. He was elected F.R.S. in 1916. Much of his research in the early part of his career deal with asymmetric synthesis. Kinetic resolution by synthetic means was first reported in 1899 by Willy Marckwald and McKenzie.

After education at the High School of Dundee from 1882 to 1885, McKenzie matriculated in 1885 at the University of St Andrews, where he graduated in 1889 with M.A. in 1889 and in 1891 with the research degree B.Sc. in chemistry. At St Andrews, he was from 1891 to 1893 a lecture assistant to Thomas Purdie, from 1893 to 1896 a "university assistant" engaged in teaching, and from 1896 to 1898 a research assistant to Purdie in stereochemistry and optical activity. In 1898 McKenzie went to the University of Berlin to work under Landolt and received there in 1899 his D.Sc. He left Berlin in 1901 after receiving his Ph.D. under the supervision of Marckwald and went to London's Jenner Institute, where he stayed until 1902. At Birbeck College, London, McKenzie was from 1902 to 1905 an assistant lecturer and demonstrator and from 1905 to 1914 head of the chemistry department. At University College, Dundee, he held the chair of chemistry from 1914 until his retirement in 1938.

He died on 11 June 1951, aged 81.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Paul Wright's "A Multitude of Lives."


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (MA, BSc, DSc, PhD)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Chemistry
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Science)