HE WAS A BRITISH POLITICIAN BUT PRIMARILY A STUDENT OF SCIENCE AND ESPECIALLY THOSE BRANCHES OF APPLIED SCIENCE WHICH DEAL WITH THE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS OF LIFE AND WAS A STRONG ADVOCATE OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION AND THE BENEFITS OF FREE TRADE
LORD LYON PLAYFAIR (1818-98) SIGNED CARD, “Playfair 10th Oct 1894”, on a card 3 x 2.25, by the British scientist and Liberal politician who was Postmaster General (1873-74). He was a chemist to the Geological Survey and subsequently a professor in the new School of Mines. And, he gave speeches encouraging technical education which he felt was important in a competitive world. In 1853 he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Science and later he became a professor of chemistry at Edinburgh University. The card has a large bold signature and date (at the time he was government Whip in the House of Lords) and is in fine condition, with minor age toning.