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Ronald G. W. Norrish

Ronald G. W. NorrishAKA Ronald George Wreyford Norrish

Born: 9-Nov-1897
Birthplace: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Died: 7-Jun-1978
Location of death: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Rapid chemical processes

Military service: British Army (Royal Field Artillery, WWI, captured in France)

English chemist Ronald G. W. Norrish won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1967, for his 1947 development of flash photolysis methodology, using flow techniques and short light pulses to study the gaseous free radicals during intermediate stages of extremely fast chemical reactions. He also made a slight but important modification to Draper's Law on the chemical changes produced in a photochemical substance, in 1928.

Father: Herbert Norrish (pharmacist)
Mother: Amy Norrish
Wife: Annie Smith (m. 1926, two daughters)

    High School: Perse Grammar School, Cambridge, England (1915)
    University: Emmanuel College, Cambridge University (attended, 1915-16)
    University: PhD Chemistry, Cambridge University (1924)
    Fellow: Emmanuel College, Cambridge University (1925-78)
    Teacher: Chemistry, Cambridge University (1925-30)
    Lecturer: Chemistry, Cambridge University (1930-37)
    Professor: Chemistry, Cambridge University (1937-65)

    Raphael Meldola Medal and Prize 1926
    Davy Medal 1958
    Bernard Lewis Gold Medal 1964
    IET Faraday Medal 1965
    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1967 (with Manfred Eigen and George Porter)
    RSC Longstaff Prize 1969
    British Association for the Advancement of Science
    Faraday Society President (1951-55)
    New York Academy of Sciences Foreign Member
    Polish Chemical Society Foreign Member
    Royal Institute of Chemistry Vice President (1957-59)
    Royal Society 1936
    Royal Society of Chemistry (Chemical Society of London)
    Worshipful Company of Gunmakers Liveryman (1961)
    Taken Prisoner of War 1918-19 (WWI)


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