Jack Gibby's Research Group

[Dr Clifton William Gibby was appointed to a chemistry lectureship in the Department of Science in 1927. Retiring in 1967, he lived at Durham until his death in 1989, aged 86.]

Before 1960, University money for consumables in chemistry research was almost non-existent, so supervisors unwilling to seek external funding made most of their own equipment, such as glassware (from glass tubing and rod), glass-to-glass unions (corks hand-bored) and gas-storage bulbs (pig bladder). Postgraduate training relied on a large element of ingenuity and make-do-and-mend. Jack Gibby published with his colleagues Irvine Masson and Alec Waters, but had to wait until 1934 for his first research student, a graduate of Hatfield College. Three years later the student gained a doctorate (the Durham Colleges' third in chemistry, all three through Hatfield). The new higher-degree graduate, Cyril Clifford Addison, became the first researcher at Durham to be awarded a Doctorate of Science (1947) and went on to become a national leader in inorganic-chemistry teaching and research at universities.(People) Jack Gibby's second research student, Cyril Argument [Ph.D. 1944], had started research in October 1937 under Irvine Masson's supervision and changed supervisor when Masson left for Sheffield. That student was to be Gibby's last. His energies turned to local history, producing a formidable archive that he donated to the University Library. There was also the running of a smallholding; as CWG approached retirement, all but three Chemistry colleagues were regaled with accounts of the antics and control of pigs named Geoffrey, Kenneth and George.

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