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For John Macadam (1827–1865), Scottish-born Australian analytical chemist, medical teacher and politician. He studied chemistry at the Andersonian and Edinburgh universities and medicine at Glasgow University (MD 1854). In 1855, he went to Melbourne, where he lectured in chemistry and natural science at Scotch College. In 1858 he became a Victorian government analytical chemist. In 1859 he was elected to the legislative assembly in the Victorian parliament and lost his seat in 1861 but regained it in 1862. In 1862 he was appointed a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Melbourne’s school of medicine. Between 1857 and 1862 he served as honorary secretary of what became the Royal Society of Victoria, becoming its president in 1863. He died at sea after a shipboard accident.