George Porter

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Porter, George

 

Born Dec. 6, 1920, in Stainforth, Yorkshire. British physical chemist. Member of the Royal Society of London (1960).

Porter studied at the University of Leeds and Cambridge University from 1938 to 1941. He served in the army from 1941 to 1945. He taught at Cambridge University from 1949 to 1954 and at the University of Sheffield from 1955 to 1963. Porter was a professor of chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain from 1963 to 1966 and has been its director since 1966. He has been president of the International Committee of Photobiology since 1968 and president of the Chemical Society of Great Britain since 1970.

The 1967 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to Porter, R. Norrish, and M. Eigen for their work on extremely fast chemical reactions.

WORKS

Chemistry for the Modern World. London, 1962.