Dr. Rowland Armitage

The Chemist


A tall, thin pipe smoker and heavy drinker who often neglects food and sleep during periods of intense thought and concentration. His hair is short and greying, his face gaunt, and his expression grave. He is most often seen wearing a rumpled, ill-fitting grey twill suit. Highly intelligent, though well known for his self-destructive tendencies—friends and colleagues note these tendencies have grown worse as of late.


Rowland Armitage was born in London, England on August 12, 1882, the only child of Dr. Nathaniel and Mrs. Rosemary Armitage. Soon thereafter, the family relocated to New York City, where his father became a physician of some renown, and his mother an actress of none.

After a career at Fieldston preparatory academy, Rowland entered Miskatonic University. Rowland was a well-rounded student, interested in history, languages and the natural sciences. During his final year, his interests focused on the fields of chemistry and biology, and he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in chemistry. He continued his studies under a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, and completed his Ph.D. in 1905. He returned to the United States to assume a professorship at his alma mater, where he served until recently as a distinguished professor of chemistry.

Dr. Rowland Armitage

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