George Service House
Located at 11 University Gardens, the George Service House was built in 1884 and is named after shipping magnate George Service (1864-1940), the first chairman of the University’s Student International Club, which occupied the building from the club’s creation in 1922. Hetherington House is located next door at number 13 University Gardens.
The first resident of the building was George Thomas Beilby, the father-in-law of Frederick Soddy of isotope fame. It was also the house where Soddy introduced the concept of isotopes, featured last week.
The building was purchased by the University in 1956. Since 1997 George Service House has been occupied by HATII. Although that may sound like some fancy scientific organization or contraption, it actually stands for Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute, a research and teaching institute in Arts and Media.
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