Reference numberMS/580
TitlePapers on the life and work of John Louis William Thudichum [compiled by Max Leonard Rosenheim]
CreatorThudichum, J.L.W. (John Louis William), 1829-1901
Rosenheim, M. L. (Max Leonard), 1908-1972
Rosenheim, O. S. (Otto Sigmund), 1871-1955
DescriptionPapers on the biochemist John Louis William Thudichum. The majority of these papers are copy letters of correspondence between Thudichum and various German scientists working in the late 1800s, including his mentor Professor Justus von Liebeg. Also contained are bibliographies of the collected works of Thudichum and an essay on Thudichum's professional achievements, by an unknown author.
Extent1 Box, MS Large
Physical descriptionLoose manuscript and typescript papers
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyThe interests and research career of John Louis William Thudichum (1829-1901) were rich and diverse, although his primary devotion was the relatively unknown field of brain chemistry. He is honoured by ear, nose and throat physicians for his invention of the nasal speculum; by gastrointestinal physicians for his classic early work on gallstones; and by urologists for 'A Treatise on the Pathology of Urine, Including a Complete Guide to Its Analysis'. Neuroscience honours Thudichum for his visionary understanding of the brain as an organ that could be understood chemically, i.e., that the pathway to treating brain disease could become available once a chemical profile of the brain was achieved.

Thudichum was born in Budingen, Germany, on August 27th, 1829. In 1847 he began medical school at the University of Giessen, where he worked in the laboratory of Justus Liebig, the foremost chemist of his day. It was working here that Thudichum developed an interest in biological chemistry. Upon moving to London in 1853, Thudichum carried out research into the chemical constituents of the brain. He performed chemical analysis on over a thousand brains, both human and animal, and has been called the first English biochemist.
Fellows associated with this archive
NA1882Rosenheim; Max Leonard (1908 - 1972); Baron Rosenheim of Camden1908 - 1972
NA1113Rosenheim; Otto (1871 - 1955)1871 - 1955
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