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Cameron, Chemistry and China Clay

On the centenary of Sir Charles A. Cameron's death, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is celebrating his life, work and tireless campaign to improve the health of the city of Dublin and its people. To mark Cameron's birthday on the 16th of July, we are exploring his connections with Belleek, County Fermanagh and its famous pottery. Castle Caldwell, Photograph taken by Canon W.H. Dundas, circa 1900.  Image courtesy of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council's Museum Service. Castle Caldwell Cameron recounts in his autobiography how he spent several of his Christmas holidays during the 1850s with Mr and Mrs John Caldwell Bloomfield DL at Castle Caldwell on Lough Erne, County Fermanagh. Cameron, an accomplished geologist, while out shooting with his host noticed a white patch of clay, and took a portion of it to the Castle. John Caldwell Bloomfield DL. © Courtesy Belleek official website. "I heated it to redness, and on removing it from the fire and allowing

Sir Charles Alexander Cameron (1830-1921) RCSI President, Professor of Chemistry, Public Analyst and Medical Officer of Health for Dublin.

To commemorate the centenary of the death of Sir Charles Alexander Cameron, which occurred on Saturday 27 February 2021, the RCSI Library team is delighted to announce the launch of a new commemorative website highlighting his life, work and legacy. Sir Charles A Cameron,  RCSI Heritage Collections The Corporation of Dublin appointed Cameron as Public Analyst in 1862 (as did Limerick, Waterford and most other boroughs and counties in Ireland). He qualified in medicine in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1868 and was appointed Professor of Hygiene at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He was also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy from 1860. As Medical Officer of Health for Dublin from 1874, Cameron was a tireless campaigner for better hygiene, health and welfare for the city and its people. His discoveries, innovations, research, publications and campaigning led to improved public health. The Dublin death rate between 1901 and 1911 reduced by