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THOMAS , JOSEPH WILLIAM ( 1846 - 1914 ), chemist ;

b. 9 March 1846 at Llwyn-y-grant ( Pen-y-lan ), Cardiff , the son of Daniel Thomas , builder . He studied chemistry for some years in the Royal College of Science , specialising in the analysis of coal-mine gases — his Coal-mine gases and Ventilation , 1878 , was for a considerable time the standard text-book on the subject. He returned to Wales where he became analyst to the county of Glamorgan and the towns of Cardiff and Newport . He d. suddenly in London , 3 March 1914 . He was a naturalist , and left his extensive collection of insects to the National Museum of Wales .


  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1932-3 (with a list of his papers).


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959