Alec Waters' Research Group

Dr William Alexander Waters took up a lectureship in organic chemistry at Durham in 1928. From 1939-1944 he was on wartime secondment to the Ministry of Supply as a scientific officer and in October 1945 he took up a demonstratorship jointly with a Balliol College tutorship at Oxford University. In retirement (from 1967), he lived at Oxford; he died in 1985 aged 81.]

Group members by year of joining (Each postgraduate listed obtained the qualification shown.)

1936 Frederick B. Makin M.Sc. (i.e. on October 1 started a M.Sc. study period of 12 months full-time); 1937 W.E. Hanby Ph.D. (i.e. on October 1 started a Ph.D. study period of 36 months full-time) [first 12 months supervised by Irvine Masson]; 1945 Alan Robertson Ph.D. (January start) [in 1945, October, transferred to Oxford; Durham registration retained].

Despite having only three research students, Alec Waters maintained a steady stream of publications while at Durham, pursuing a lifelong interest in the mechanisms of organic-chemistry reactions. His textbook in 1935 (Physical aspects of organic chemistry) and a subsequent review of free radicals in solution-phase reactions (W.A. Waters and D. G. Hey, Chem. Rev., 1937, 21, 169-207) proved seminal. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 1954. [Fuller career details are given by R.O.C. Norman, J.H. Jones, T.M. Lowry and J.H. Duff, Bibliographical memoirs of fellows of the Royal Society, 1986, 32, 599-627.]

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