Norrish, Ronald George Wreyford

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Norrish, Ronald George Wreyford,

1897–1978, British chemist, Ph.D. Cambridge, 1925. He joined the faculty at Cambridge in 1925 and was a professor there until he retired in 1965. Norrish was awarded the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with George PorterPorter, George, Baron Porter of Luddenham,
1920–2002, British chemist, b. Stainforth, England, grad. Leeds Univ., Ph.D. Cambridge, 1949. After serving as a radar officer during World War II, he did postgraduate research with R. G. W. Norrish at Cambridge.
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 and Manfred EigenEigen, Manfred,
1927–2019, German biophysicist, Ph.D. Univ. of Göttingen, 1951. Eigen was on the faculty at the Univ. of Göttingen from 1951 to 1953. He joined the Max Planck Institute for Physical Chemistry in 1953; he became director of the department of
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 for their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions. Norrish and Porter used a technique known as flash photolysis to study the intermediate stages of high-velocity reactions. Prior to the work of the three Nobelists, the study of short-lived high-energy molecules and their chemical characteristics was impossible.
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Norrish, Ronald George Wreyford


Born Nov. 9, 1897, in Cambridge. British physical chemist.

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1915, Norrish was assigned to military duty in Europe during World War I; he became a prisoner of war in 1918. After the war, he undertook research work and began teaching, mainly at Cambridge University, where he served as director of the department of physical chemistry from 1937 to 1965. His main works are devoted to the kinetics of chemical processes. In 1967, Norrish, together with G. Porter and M. Eigen, was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for work on extremely fast chemical reactions.

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