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Charles Chemys (1733-1733)

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On 17th February 1733 William Stephens resigned his post in Botany to become the Professor of Chemistry. He was replaced by Dr. Charles Chemys on 14th March who the Provost elevated to the position of ‘Professor of Botany '. Chemys, was born in Dublin in 1697. He entered Trinity College at the age of 15 and was elected a Scholar in 1717. In 1720 he graduated with a B.A., taking his M.B. in the spring of 1724 and M.A. in the summer of 1727. He was elected a Fellow of the King and Queen's College of Physicians on December 14, 1730 and a Fellow of the College of Physicians on March 4, 1733. He died on September 9 of the same year. He was thus the shortest serving post holder and the College records state that on September 13, 1733  ' the Provost and Fellows chose Mr. Clements Lecturer in Botany in ye place of Dr. Chemys'.


T. P. C. Kirkpatrick (1912) History of the medical teaching in Trinity College, Dublin and of the School of Physic in Ireland. Hanna & Neale, Dublin.

E. C. Nelson (1982) The influence of Leiden on botany in Dublin in the early eighteenth century. Huntia, 4, 133-146.

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