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George Barger in the 1920s

George Barger FRS FRSE FCS LLD (4 April 1878 – 5 January 1939) was a British chemist.


He was born to an English mother, Eleanor Higginbotham, and Gerrit Barger, a Dutch engineer in Manchester, England.[1]

He was educated at Utrecht and The Hague High School and King's College, Cambridge.[2] His main work focused on the study of alkaloids and investigations of simple nitrogenous compounds of biological importance. Barger identified tyramine as one of the compounds responsible for the biological activity of ergot extracts. He also made significant contributions to the synthesis of thyroxine.[3] and vitamin B1

In 1936 and 1937 he worked with Joseph John Blackie searching for materials for research.[4]

Barger was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May, 1919 and awarded their Davy Medal in 1938.[5][5][6]

Barger was married to Florence Emily Thomas in 1904 and had two sons and one daughter.

He died at Aeschi, Switzerland.



  • Some Applications of Organic Chemistry to Biology and Chemistry (1930)
  • Organic Chemistry for Medical Students (1932)[1]


  1. ^ a b Former Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783 – 2002. royalsoced.org.uk
  2. ^ "Barger, George (BRGR897G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Harington, C. R.; Barger, G. (1927). "Chemistry of Thyroxine: Constitution and Synthesis of Thyroxine". The Biochemical Journal 21 (1): 169–183. doi:10.1042/bj0210169. PMC 1251886. PMID 16743801. 
  4. ^ Percival, E. G. V.; Jordan, L. A. (1947). "Obituary notices: Joseph John Blackie, 1895–1946; Robert Selby Morrell, 1867–1946". J. Chem. Soc.: 432–433. doi:10.1039/JR9470000432. 
  5. ^ a b Dale, H. H. (1940). "George Barger. 1878-1939". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 3 (8): 63–26. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1940.0006. 
  6. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. 


  • Britons discover synthetic thyroxin, T.R. Ybarra, New York Times, Sunday 12 December 1927

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He also leaves behind his siblings: Leonard B. George, Jr. of Yountville, Frances George Barger of The Woodlands, Texas; and was preceded in death in 2013 by his brother, William J. George, of Clemmons, North Carolina. During the Korean Conflict, ...


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Chanel Lea Williams, 22, and Daniel Jacob Conzett, 23, both of Bettendorf. Cynthia Lynn Williams, 57, and Michele Lynn Mead, 52, both of Johnston. Patricia Mae Williams, 41, and Steven George Barger, 46, both of Indianola. Ronald Gene Williams Jr., 43, ...
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Laurie (George) Barger of Kennewick is looking forward to reconnecting with the estimated 600 classmates planning to attend one or more of the weekend's events. "Pasco High was our big rival when we were kids, and though I love the color purple, black ...

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