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The Scott Blair Collection
George William Scott Blair was born on 23 July 1902, of Scottish ancestry, in
Weybridge, England. After leaving school he read chemistry at Trinity College,
Oxford where his tutor was Sir Cyril Hinshelwood. After graduating he was
employed as a colloid chemist in Manchester where he worked on the viscosity of
flour suspensions. In 1926 he was offered a post in the Physics department of
the Rothamsted Experimental Station, working on soil science, where he remained
for ten years.
For the next
thirty years he was employed by the National Institute for Research in Dairying
at the University of Reading. There he worked on the rheology of butter, cheese
and cheese curd. He also studied the properties of mucus from the uterine
cervix of the cow, which resulted in early detection of pregnancy, with correct
results at 28 days after conception in healthy cows.
work interested gynaecologists and during the war he went to the Radcliffe
Infirmary in Oxford to work on cervical secretions in women. Scott Blair's
research papers also cover areas such as biorheology and psychorheology. After
he retired in 1967 he worked on the flow and coagulation of blood at the Oxford
played a pivotal role in the formation of the British Rheologists Club (later
renamed as the British Society of Rheology) in 1941. He was President of the
British Society of Rheology from 1949-1951. In 1969 he was awarded the
Poiseuille Gold Medal of the International Society of Haemorheology (now
Biorheology) and in 1970 he received the Founders Gold Medal of the British
Society of Rheology.
Outside his profession
his interests included music, modern languages and the philosophy of science.
The books and
research papers of Scott Blair were donated to the British Society of Rheology
and later deposited in the Library of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in
the early 1980s. After the death of his widow in 1988 a legacy of £10,000 was
bequeathed to the Society "for the purposes of maintaining and improving the
library facilities enjoyed by the Society in connection with the research
The Collection of books, pamphlets, journals and reprints is currently
housed in room 420, adjacent to the Physical Sciences Library on the fourth
floor of the Physical Sciences Building, Aberystwyth University. This
room was officially dedicated as the home of the Scott Blair Collection on
December 19th, 1999 with Professor Sir Sam Edwards performing the
opening ceremony. The collection has over 550 books and the aim is to develop
this "into an up-to-date library of Rheological literature available to
all members". Included in the collection are some of Scott Blair's
publications such as Agricultural rheology, An introduction to industrial
rheology, Measurements of mind and matter, Elementary rheology and Rheology in
relation to pharmacy and medicine. Some of these books are extensively
annotated by the author. Rheology abstracts and the British Society of Rheology
Bulletin are two journals published by/for the Society, which form an important
part of the Collection.
official Custodian of the collection is currently Professor Simon Cox, Department of Mathematics, Aberystwyth University. E-Mail: email@example.com. Management of the collection is currently undertaken by Mr Simon
French, Physical Sciences Library, Aberystwyth University. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 44 (0)1970 622080.
Because of the rare nature of much of the material held in the collection, access is restricted to on-site reference only. However, requests for photocopies of specific items are welcome. The
collection is constantly being updated and several donations have already been
made. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Collection
should contact the custodian.
The catalogue of the contents of the collection is available here as a word document (237 KB). It consists of three sections:
a) Monographs and pamphlets;
c) Addendum. In addition, it is possible to search the contents of the Scott Blair
Collection on-line using the Aberystwyth University online
catalogue at http://primo.aber.ac.uk/. After searching by keyword, you can refine your search results by selecting the Scott Blair Collection from the menu on the left hand side.
Further information about The Scott Blair Collection is available.
Information dated 16th February 2013.