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Chemistry at Birmingham: Prof. H. W. Melville, F.R.S

Nature volume 162, page 17 (03 July 1948) | Download Citation



PROF. H. W. MELVILLE, who will succeed Sir Norman Ilaworth at Birmingham, has made many valuable contributions to our knowledge in the field of reaction kinetics. His early work consisted in the examination of the various explosion limits in such mixtures as phosphine and oxygen. The implications of the free radical in such reaotions lcd him to explore the mechanism of a number of photochemical reactions in which radicals are found, and here he first introduced the device of the rotating sector which has permitted us to obtain life-times of transient species with remarkable accuracy.

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