Irvine Masson's Research Group

[Professor James Irvine Orr Masson left a readership in chemistry at University College London to take up the newly-created professorship in chemistry at Durham in 1924 and serve as the founding head of its Department of Pure Science. History In 1938, he left to become vice chancellor of Sheffield University. He retired in 1953 and died at Edinburgh in 1962, aged 75.Irvine Masson]

Irvine Masson's very wide research interests, summarised in the preceding link, were pursued at Durham with the help of Charles C. Tanner as a postdoctoral research assistant from 1927-9 and five postgraduates. Fifteen research papers were published and Ph.D.s were awarded to the three postgraduates he supervised exclusively [John A. Hetherington (Ph.D. 1930), Frederick E. Pounder (1935) and Edward Race (1937)]. His departure in 1938 left two postgraduates completing research with new supervisors; two more doctorates resulted [see Jack Gibby's Research Group and Alec Waters' Research Group.


Irvine Masson brought with him from London Hilyard John Eglinton Dobson to be the first holder of the lectureship in physical chemistry, the lowest-ranking of the three chemistry posts created during the foundation of the Department of Pure Science at Durham in 1924. (For the second, see Dr Alexander Macbeth's Research Group.) Dobson left in 1927.
In 1924, Mr Dobson, while at University College London, had published an influential paper with Masson that related the partial pressures of hydrogen chloride and water above aqueous hydrogen chloride to the activity of the solution's components and to the EMF of cells containing aqueous hydrogen chloride. While at Durham he published two further papers, as sole author, about the measurement and significance of partial pressures. There the record of Dobson's work in academic chemistry institutions falls silent.

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