Former Pupil Biographies
Professor James Wallace Walker (1867 - 1932)
The 'Old Boys Chronicle' in the
Madras College Magazine
for December 1904
"In other spheres of life we have ... Professor James W Walker, McGill
College, Montreal. ..."
James Wallace Walker was born in Blebo Craigs in 1867 and died in Bridge
of Allan, Stirlingshire in 1932.
His career included the following:
At St Andrews University Walker assisted Thomas Purdie to resolve racemic
lactic acid using strychnine. Following this work Purdie directed his
research on sugars. In 1892 Purdie and Walker published a paper in the
Journal of the Chemical Society entitled Resolution of Lactic Acid into
Its Optically Active Compounds.
- Assistant Co Professor at St Andrews University (1891 census)
- Chemistry assistant at the University College of London (1893 - 1894)
- Assistant to Professor at St Andrews University (1895 - 1896)
- Chemistry assistant at the University College of London (1896 - 1898)
- Chemistry Professor at McGill University, Montreal (1898 - 1917)