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Sir James Irvine Scholarship

The friendship of Sir James Irvine (1877-1952) and Edward Harkness was profoundly instrumental in the establishment of inclusivity and openness as cornerstones of the Commonwealth (Harkness) Fellowships.

As a chemist, Irvine established his reputation through his work on carbohydrates and was made a Professor at the University of St Andrews in 1909. He became known as an inspirational teacher who encouraged many others to pursue careers in both academic and industrial chemistry. He was elected FRS in 1918 and knighted in 1925.

From 1921 until his death in 1952, Sir James Irvine was Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. In recognition of his contribution to both chemistry and St Andrews, the Sir James Irvine Scholarship has been established. This will provide for undergraduate students, who for financial reasons would otherwise be unable to attend St Andrews, to study Chemistry at the University.

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