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Barton, Derek Harold Richard, Sir

Born: 1918 AD
Died: 1998 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Chemists

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.