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 82.]

Group members

F.B. Makin Some new reactions of diazonium chlorides Ph.D. 1939. [Wartime transfer of Oliver Stephenson, Ph.D. 1943, to John Simpson's group]. W.E. Hanby 1.The iodous cation as an agent for aromatic substitution. 2.Some new decomposition reactions of aromatic diazonium chlorides. Ph.D. 1945. [Study began in October 1937; supervision transferred from Irvine Masson when he left Durham a year later.] Alan Robertson The oxidation of hydrocarbons Ph.D. 1947.

Despite having only three research students, Dr 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 to fellowship of the Royal Society of London in 1954.

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