FOSTER, George Carey (1835–1919), chemist and physicist. Autograph letter signed to Miss Colvill, 3 sides on blue paper, 8vo, Page Heath, Bickley [Bromley, Kent], October 3rd [no year - 1866?], offering assistance to her uncle "to lighten Your uncle’s preparation for lecture considerably – that is if he will let us. I think it would be a very good plan to get the diagrams he arranged and I think I know a student who will be able to do this" and with a postscript "I am not F.R.S. I wish you would make me one." Paper adhering to blank rear edge, and four white spots on the paper. The letter comes with a carte-de-visite photo of Foster by Crellin (167 Regent Street, London) dated in manuscript June 1866.
Foster studied chemistry at University College, London, in 1852-55, and following a brief period in the chair of natural philosophy at Anderson's University in Glasgow, was in 1865 appointed professor of experimental physics at University College, London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1869, serving two terms as its vice-president in 1891–3 and 1901–3. ODNB