Richard Laurence Millington Synge

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Synge, Richard Laurence Millington


Born Oct. 28, 1914, in Liverpool. British biochemist. Fellow of the Royal Society of London (1950).

Synge graduated from Cambridge University in 1936. He worked for the Wool Industries Research Association from 1941 to 1943, when he began his association with the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine in London. In 1948 he became head of the department of protein and carbohydrate chemistry at Rowett Research Institute in Bucksburn, Aberdeen. In 1967 he began working at the Food Research Institute in Norwich. Synge developed the theoretical basis for the technique of partition chromatography and introduced the technique into laboratory practice. He is also one of the founders of analytical protein chemistry. Synge was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1952 jointly with A. J. P. Martin.


“Analiticheskaia khimiia belkov.” In the collection Khimiia belka. Moscow, 1949. (With A. Martin; translated from English.)
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Dr Archer John Porter Martin, of London, and Dr Richard Laurence Millington Synge, of Buksbarn, Aberdeenshire, shared the chemistry prize of pounds 11,408 for their successful work in filter-paper chromatography - a form of analysis.