Nobel: The Man and His Prizes. By H. Schück, R. Sohlman, A. Österling, G. Liljestrand, A. Westgren, M. Siegbahn, A . Schou, N.K. Ståhle.

Stockholm: Sohlmans Forlag, [1950]. First edition, Sir Edward Appleton’s copy, with a Typed Letter signed by chemist Sir James Irvine laid in. Frontisportrait. Light shelfwear. Very good. Navy cloth with gilt spine and blindstamped medallion on front cover. Octavo. 620 pp. (Item ID: 11381)


An interesting association copy. Appleton(1892-1965) won the Nobel Prize in 1947 for his investigations of the physics of the upper atmosphere especially for the discovery of the so-calledAppleton layer. Sir James Colquhoun Irvine (1877-1952), Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews, was the recipient of the Longstaff medal of the Chemical Society of London and the Davy Medal of the Royal Society. He is known for his research on the chemistry of sugars. The T.L.s. is one and a half pages long, on stationery of the University of St. Andrews. In it Irvine points out several errors in the book, including errors in the references to his own work: “…the new world of Sugar Chemistry was opened out not by Purdie, but by myself and the scheme was detailed in a letter I sent to my esteemed Professor when I was a student in Leipsig. I have the correspondence still and in it Purdie offered me a salary out of his own pocket and full Laboratory costs to have a try at the scheme for a couple of years. Actually he did more than provide the material means, he did a vast amount of the reading on my behalf, and, in the end, rather against his will, we published the result conjointly…’

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