Hopkinson and ICI Professorship of Thermodynamics

A lectureship in Thermodynamics was originally endowed by Mrs John Hopkinson in 1919 with the intention that it would be upgraded to a Professorship. This was achieved with sponsorship from ICI, in 1951, leading to the creation of a new Chair, the Hopkinson and Imperial Chemical Industries Professorship of Thermodynamics. The first holder was William Rede Hawthorne, later to become Head of Department.