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Baron Justus von Liebig

Baron Justus von Liebig

Located on one of the central landings in the Joseph Black Building is the above marble bust of Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-1873), a German chemist best known for his discovery of Nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient. Also, he is also credited for the discovery of Marmite. Go figure.

Interestingly, the above bust is one of, if not the only, commemoration on campus to someone not actually formally affiliated with the University of Glasgow (can you think of any others?).

The presumptive link to the University is through Thomas Thomson, Professor of Chemistry at Glasgow. Thomson was a fervent advocate of the ideas of von Liebig, with whom he had studied. More on the Hunterian website.

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