He was considered sufficiently important to warrant an obituary in The Times and an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Born in Leamington Spa he attended UCL.
In 1921 he married Elsie (née Caudell) and they went on to have one son, also called Gerald.
The Druces spent their lives in south London, initially living at 26 Heslop Road, Balham and later moving to 56 Bishop’s Park Road, Norbury, SW16.
In the mid-1920s Druce became interested in the search for the hitherto undiscovered elements of the Periodic Table (numbers 75, 85, 87 and 93). As a result of some of this work, Druce’s name has become associated with the discovery of rhenium
In 1924, Druce became editor of Chemical News, a role he held until 1930. In 1925, he published his first book, a brief account of the history of science . This book was Druce's first foray into history, but he was to return to this field at intervals for the rest of his life.
Sources Royal Society of Chemistry Newsletter - Summer 2019 and photo Old Grammarians- 1949 Staff picture