Obituary: Alan Graham MacDiarmid (1927–2007)

  title={Obituary: Alan Graham MacDiarmid (1927–2007)},
  author={Andrew Holmes},
was a pioneer of the field of intrinsically conducting polymers. He was born on 14 April 1927 in Masterton on the North Island of New Zealand. His Nobel autobiography describes a relatively frugal upbringing in a loving and generous family. When extra guests were invited back to the MacDiarmid home for a welcoming meal, the family was instructed to “FHB” — family hold back — while the guests were fed first. This isolated and caring Antipodean environment shaped a generosity of spirit in…