1918 – Sir Derek Harold Richard Barton is a British physical chemist was born on 8th of September.
1938 – He entered Imperial College, University of London.
1940-1942 – Graduated in 1940 and obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1942.
1942-1944 – Barton was a government research chemist.
1945 – He was with Albright and Wilson in Birmingham.
1946-1949 – Barton was ICI Research Fellow.
1949-1950 – Visiting Lecturer in the Chemistry of Natural Products, at Harvard University.
– Using this new technique of "conformational analysis", he later determined the geometry of many other natural product molecules.
1953 – Appointed Reader in Organic Chemistry and Professor at Birkbeck College.
1954 – Elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society.
1955 – Became Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.
1957 – Appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at Imperial College.
1965 – He was appointed member of the Council for Scientific Policy.
1969 – Barton was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "contributions to the development of the concept of conformation and its application in chemistry."
1972 – He was knighted but chose to be known as Sir Derek only in Britain.
1978 – Became Director of the Natural Products Institute in France.