Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, 9 November 1897 - 7 June 1978

@article{Dainton1981RonaldGW,
  title={Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, 9 November 1897 - 7 June 1978},
  author={Frederick Sydney Sir Dainton and Brian Arthur Thrush},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  year={1981},
  pages={379 - 424}
}
  • F. DaintonB. Thrush
  • Published 1 November 1981
  • Chemistry
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Ronald George Wreyford Norrish was born in Cambridge on 9 November 1897 and died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital there on 7 June 1978. He was educated at the Perse School and then at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and apart from his service in World War spent his entire life in Cambridge. For nearly 30 years he was Professor of Physical Chemistry in the University. He was one of the pioneers of photochemistry and also carried out much research on chain reactions and polymer chemistry. For his work in… 
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Norrish, Ronald George Wreyford

1897–1978 British physical chemist whose investigations of fast reactions laid the foundations for later studies in photosynthesis and the mechanisms of enzyme action. Keywords: free

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  • Chemistry
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