Fonds MS-13-4 - Elrid Gordon Young fonds

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Elrid Gordon Young fonds

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  • 1940-1950 (Creation)

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27 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Eldrid Gordon Young was a Dalhousie professor and biochemist, and conducted secret research in chemical warfare for the Department of National Defence during World War Two. He was born in Quebec City in 1897, and graduated with an MA from McGill University in 1919 and a PhD from Cambridge University in 1921. Following post-doctoral studies in Chicago, he moved to Halifax in 1924 to work at Dalhousie, retiring in 1948 as head of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Young was a member of many professional organizations and national and international societies. He was awarded an Honorary DSc from Acadia University in 1957 and an Honorary LLD by Dalhousie University in 1965. He died on 24 March 1976.

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Records were donated in two accessions: the custodial history of the 1984 accession is unknown, and the 2010 accession was donated by David Maxwell.

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Fonds consists of Eldrid Young's records regarding his chemical warfare research, including correspondence, reports, notebooks, articles, and manuals. There is also his unpublished manuscript "Adventures of a Chemist in Search of Poisons," in which he recount his 25-year career as a forensic chemist.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Elrid Gordon Young fonds, MS-13-4, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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