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Geoffrey Eglinton

Born: 1-Nov-1927
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
Died: 11-Mar-2016
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: Wales
Executive summary: Molecular organic geochemistry

Organic geochemist Geoffrey Eglinton studied under Nobel laureate Melvin Calvin, and became a founder of the field of molecular organic geochemistry. He developed molecular yardsticks for palaeoclimate study, studied aeolian dust in marine sediments, and explained the significance of rabbit droppings in the sedimentary record. He is the namesake of the Eglinton reaction, a now-standard technique developed by Eglinton for coupling terminal alkynes. He was among the geologists who studied the moon rocks, announcing in 1971 that the lunar relics offered no indication of life.

Wife: Pamela Joan Coupland (two sons)
Son: David Eglinton (chemist)
Son: Timothy Eglinton (chemist)

    University: BS Chemistry, University of Manchester (1948)
    University: PhD Geochemistry, University of Manchester (1951)
    Teacher: Geochemistry, Ohio State University
    Teacher: Geochemistry, University of Liverpool
    Teacher: Geochemistry, University of Glasgow
    Teacher: Geochemistry, University of California at Berkeley (1963-64)
    Professor: Geochemistry, University of Bristol (1964-93)

    Dan David Prize 2008
    Wollaston Medal 2004
    Royal Medal 1997
    Royal Society

Author of books:
Organic Geochemistry: Methods and Results (1969, with M. T. J. Murphy)
Applications of Spectroscopy to Organic Chemistry (1965, with J. C. D. Brand)

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