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Has produced many great men among its professors and students and is [[red underlined]] now been helped by great financial aid [[/red underlined]] to extend its opportunities - new buildings, new outfit etc
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Professor [[red and black underlined]] Watson [[/red and black underlined]] at the head of the Chemical Engineering dept received a considerable [[red underlined]] gift of the Rockefeller foundation [[/red underlined]] which has permitted the installation of an up to date Chemical Engineering Laboratory.  
[[vertical note in left margin in red]] Sir William Ramsey forgotten? [[/vertical note in left margin in red]]
I tried to find [[red underlined]] Sir William Ramsay's private laboratory [[/red underlined]] as it was when he made his epoch-making researches on the newly discussed elements of the air. Instead I found a small room of which the white walls were covered with mediocre sketches in water colors ^[[or pastels]] by a man with a [[red underlined]] Russian or Slavonic [[/red underlined]] name who seems to occupy this room; but no trace of chemical or physical instruments or anything related to the Sciences.
However I had the emotion of seeing the same amphitheatre lecture room as I sat in it in [[red underlined]] the middle eighties, [[/red underlined]] while listening 
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to the inspiring lectures of the great Professor Williamson of "sulphuric-ether-theory" fame. The same curved wooden benches in half circle in increasing heights like so many steps as they were at that time.  
[[vertical note in left margin in red]] Prof. Kekule in Ghent [[/vertical note in left margin in red]]
[[red underlined]] Rather similar to our wooden amphitheater lecture room [[strikethrough]] at the [[/strikethrough]] where Kekulé lectured in Ghent, [[/red underlined]] and where I listened to the lectures of my future father in law Professor Swarts, and where I myself, later on, lectured. - Probably all destroyed or changed at present. The main change I saw at the London lecture room was that the list of atomic weights and the Mendlejeff periodical system which was lettered on the wall, had all disappeared also the table for the demonstration of samples and experiments.  
That lecture room I understand was now used by the professor of mathematics.
The court yard and corridors of the University were very lively by students.  Seems a busy beehive. Also notice a considerable number of

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change trail to trace on this edit, added some red underline and strikethroughs Friedrich August Kekule, an organic chemist Mendlejeff should be Mendeleev (it is Mendlejeff in the text)

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