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Sir Herbert Wright (1874-1940)



The father of Charles Herbert Wright who married Isobel Barbara Weir Johnston.


The followings are obituaries of Sir Herbert Wright.


From the Nature International Weekly Journal of Science, 23 November 1940:


Sir Herbert Wright

THE death of Sir Herbert Wright, which took place recently at Chalfont St. Giles, removes yet another of the prominent figures of the earlier days of the plantation rubber industry. Born in 1874, he was educated at the Royal College of Science, London, and went to Ceylon as scientific assistant to the director of the Royal Botanic Garden, Peradeniya. He later became acting director, and from 1900 until 1906 was controller, of the Agricultural Experiment Station in Ceylon.


From the newspaper, The Straits Times, 16 December 1940, Page 4:

Sir Herbert Wright

"Died In Quiet Fortitude"

(from our own correspondent)

London, Oct. 29.

In announcing in The Times to-day the death yesterday of Sir Herbert Wright, the great authority on tropical agriculture and director of many rubber estates and trusts, his relatives stated that he died "in quiet fortitude" at his home, Brunlea, Chalfont St. St. Giles, Bucks.

Sir Herbert who was aged 66, had been ill for a considerable time.  Throughout, he displayed the quiet cheerfulness which was always one of the most pleasant aspects of a singularly charming character, and his passing is mourned by many ex-Malayans in the City and elsewhere.

He entered the rubber industry on the scientific side in 1900.  The chairmanship of the Rubber Growers' Association commonly regarded as the seal of success on a career in this industry, was voted to him in 1932, and he filled the position with a distinction seldom equaled before or since.

A "Times" Tribute

A tribute to Sir Herbert appeared in the obituary columns of The Times to-day.

Describing him as one of the most prominent figures in the rubber industry, The Times recalls that he was chairman of the Finance Committee of the Governing Body and Treasurer of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, South Kensington, from 1931-1938, and was also an Associate of the Royal College of Science and a Fellow of the Linnean Society.

Sir Herbert was born on Sept. 10, 1874, and was educated at the Royal College of Science, London.

After being scientific assistant to the director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Ceylon, he became acting director of the department and later, from 1900-1906, controller of the Government Experimental Station in Ceylon.

From 1907-1917, Sir Herbert was editor of the India Rubber Journal in London, and for many years was associated with numerous public companies and trusts concerned with tropical agriculture.

His publications dealt with many aspects of tropical agriculture including Hevea brasiliensis, its botany, cultivation chemistry and diseases: Theobrowa Cacao; rubber cultivation in the British Empire; the Genus Diospyrus in Ceylon; Foliar Periodicity in Ceylon; and a book on the Eastern rubber lands.

Sir Herbert, who was knighted in 1930, married in 1903 Marion Nuttall, by whom he had a son and a daughter.




1.     1940 death notice of Sir Herbert Wright in a journal.   Nature International weekly journal of science.  Nature 146, 677-678 (23 November 1940) | doi:10.1038/146677a0.  Online at http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v146/n3708/abs/146677a0.html.  Searched on August 2, 2012 Thursday 3:53 PM.

2.     1940 death notice of Sir Herbert Wright in a newspaper.  The Straits Times, 16 December 1940, Page 4.  Online at NLB - National Library of Singapore at http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/Article.aspx?articleid=straitstimes19401216.2.10.  Searched August 2, 2012 Thursday 3:57 PM.




1st. version dated - September 10, 2012 Monday 2:11 PM



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