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ID number:  BIRRC-H0064
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  University Heritage Collection
Artist / Maker:  Ede & Ravenscroft
Title / Object name:  Ceremonial Robes of Dr. Twiss
Object type:  Clothing
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Black robe with scarlet hood with grey shot lining, black gown with long embroidered lapels and a doctorate hat complete with large black ostrich feather.

Notes:  Born in Birmingham in 1883 Douglas Frank Twiss studied at Mason College and its successor the University of Birmingham where he graduated with a BSc in 1902, afterwards carrying out research in organic chemistry under Prof. P.F. Frankland. He gained an MSC from the University of London in 1903 and during 1904-1914 he lectured in chemistry at Birmingham Technical School and continued research work on organic sulphides and other sulphur compounds and selenides. In 1910 he was awarded a DSc from the University of Birmingham. In 1914 Dr. Twiss was engaged by the Dunlop Rubber Company Inc. as its first scientific worker. During his thirty two years as the Chief Chemist for Dunlop Rubber he developed a research team that made outstanding contributions to rubber science and manufacturing techniques. In 1935 the Institution of the Rubber Industry awarded him its highest honour, the Colwyn Medal, for his outstanding services to the industry.

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