4a: Chemistry of the Earth (1942a)


  • John Stuart Anderson The University of Melbourne


Liversidge Research Lecture delivered on October 27th, 1942, at Science House, Sydney, arranged by the Royal Society under the terms of the Liversidge bequest. Reproduced by permission of the Royal Society of New South Wales from J. Proc. Roy. Soc. N.S.W., 1942, 76, 329–344.

"Few developments in science have made so vital a contribution to chemical theory as has the knowledge that has been acquired, since Laue's discovery of the diffraction of X-rays, as to the constitution of the crystalline state of matter. This is especially true of inorganic chemistry, dealing, as it does, with compounds existing for the most part in the solid state as ionic or homopolar aggregates, rather than as molecular units. In this [lecture], therefore, the relation between crystalline structure and chemical theory will be taken as the general underlying theme."

Author Biography

John Stuart Anderson, The University of Melbourne


At the time of giving his two Liversidge Lectures in August and October of 1942, John Stuart Anderson was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. A prolific researcher with a keen interest in solid-state and inorganic chemistry, over his career he was listed as the author or co-author of over 160 papers. Originally born in London, Anderson became Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at Oxford University, a position he held until his official retirement, though he continued his work in the field of chemistry until his death in 1990.


For additional biographical information, photographic permissions, references and a list of honours and awards, please see pages 2–5 of the transcript.


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