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Queen Mary College began life in 1887 as the People’s Palace, a philanthropic centre to educate east Londoners, and was admitted to the University of London in 1915. The name of the institution went through several changes in the early years: People’s Palace Technical School (1887), East London Technical College (ELTC, 1896), East London College (ELC, 1905) and in 1934 Queen Mary College (QMC). 

Westfield College, founded in 1882 in Hampstead, was a pioneering college for the higher education of women. In 1989 the two colleges merged on the Mile End campus to form Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London (QMW), which in 2013 officially changed its name to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 

Chemistry at Queen Mary College dates back to 1887; chemistry at Westfield College was founded in 1960. In 1984, before the QMC-Westfield merger, chemistry staff at Westfield (and three from Chelsea College) joined colleagues at QMC at the Mile End campus. 

Queen Mary College’s Department of Botany was established in 1908; its Department of Zoology in 1917. 

Botany at Westfield College was established in 1912; Zoology in 1960. In 1984, before the college merger, these four departments merged to become the School of Biological Sciences at Queen Mary and Westfield College (QMW).

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

In 2006, the Department of Chemistry merged with the School of Biological Sciences to form the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL.

PETER HEATHCOTE
Head of the School of Biological Sciences (2002-2006)
Head of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (2006-2011)

MATTHEW EVANS
Head of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
(2011-2016)

Botany at Queen Mary College

F. E. FRITSCH FRS
Head of Botany ELC, QMC
(1908-1948)

F. M. HAINES
Acting Head of Botany QMC (1948-1951)
Head (1951-1958)

C. P. WHITTINGHAM
Head of Botany QMC
(1958-1964)

E. A. BEVAN
Head of Botany QMC (1964-1968)
Head of Plant Biology & Microbiology
(1968-1982)

Zoology at Queen Mary College

G. P. MUDGE
Head of Zoology ELC, QMC
(1917-1936)

A. J. GROVE
Head of Zoology QMC
(1936-1950)

J. E. SMITH FRS
Head of Zoology QMC
(1950-1965)

G. E. NEWELL
Head of Zoology QMC
(1965-1968)

T. I. SHAW FRS
Acting Head of Zoology QMC
(1968-1969)

K. SIMKISS
Head of Zoology & Comparative Physiology QMC
(1969-1972)

N. B. MARSHALL FRS
Head of Zoology & Comparative Physiology QMC
(1972-1977)

J. D. PYE
Head of Zoology & Comparative Physiology QMC
(1977-1982)

Botany at Westfield College

E. M. DELF
Head of Botany WFC
(1912-1948)

G. E. FOGG FRS
Head of Botany WFC
(1959-1971)

P. J. PETERSON
Head of Botany & Biochemistry WFC
(1971-1981)

G. C. CUNNELL
Head of Botany & Biochemistry WFC
(1981-1982)

R. S. CLYMO
Head of Botany & Biochemistry WFC
(1982-1984)

Zoology at Westfield College

J. E. WEBB
Head of Zoology WFC
(1959-1980)

J. GREEN
Head of Zoology WFC
(1980-1984)

Chemistry at Westfield College

WILLIAM KLYNE
Head of Chemistry WFC
(1960-1977)

DAVID N. KIRK
Acting Head of Chemistry WFC
(1977-1979)

BERNARD J AYLETT
Head of Chemistry WFC
(1979-1981)

DAVID N. KIRK
Head of Chemistry WFC
(1983-1984)

Chemistry at Queen Mary College

ARTHUR P. LAURIE
Chemistry Master at People's Palace Technical School
(1887-1889)

DUNCAN S. McNAIR
Chemistry Master at People's Palace Technical School
(1889-1894)

JOHN T. HEWITT FRS
Head of Chemistry ELTC/ELC
(1894-1919)

JAMES R. PARTINGTON MBE
Head of Chemistry ELC/QMC
(1919-1951)

MICHAEL J. S. DEWAR FRS
Head of Chemistry QMC
(1951-1959)

KEBLE W. SYKES
Head of Chemistry QMC
(1959-1979)

DONALD C. BRADLEY FRS
Head of Chemistry QMC
(1979-1982)

Chemistry at Queen Mary and Westfield College

RAYMOND BONNETT
Head of Chemistry QMC
(1982-1987)

JAMES H. P. UTLEY
Head of Chemistry QMC/QMW
(1987-1991)

KEITH D. SALES
Head of Chemistry QMW
(1991-1997)

JAMES H. P. UTLEY
Head of Chemistry QMW
(1997-1999)

D. VAUGHAN GRIFFITHS
Head of Chemistry QMW
(1999-2005)

Biological Sciences Queen Mary Westfield College, QMUL

E. A. BEVAN
Head of School of Biological Sciences QMC
(1982-1987)

V. MOSES
Head of School of Biological Sciences QMC/QMW
(1987-1991)

R. S. CLYMO
Head of School of Biological Sciences QMW
(1991-1995)

P. S. RAINBOW
Head of School of Biological Sciences QMW
(1995-1997)

A. G. HILDREW
Head of School of Biological Sciences QMW
(1997-2002)

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