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The Right Honourable George Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS (6 December 192031 August 2002) was an English chemist. The Right Honourable (abbreviated The Rt Hon. ... The Order of Merit is a British and Commonwealth Order bestowed by the Monarch. ... The Fellowship of the Royal Society is composed of 1292 of the most distinguished scientists from the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining, as the final day of August. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up chemist on Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


He was born in Stainforth, Yorkshire, and served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. Map sources for Stainforth, South Yorkshire at grid reference SE6411 Stainforth is a small town located roughly north-east of Doncaster, close in locality to Hatfield, South Yorkshire and Thorne. ... The White Yorkshire rose. ... The Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) is the volunteer reserve force of the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ...


He was appointed Director of the Royal Institution in 1966 and awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967. He was the only Director of The Royal Institution to become, later, President of the Royal Society. He was knighted in 1972, appointed to the Order of Merit in 1989 and made a life peer as Baron Porter of Luddenham, of Luddenham in the County of Kent, in 1991. The Royal Institution of Great Britain was set up in 1799 by the leading British scientists of the age, including Henry Cavendish and its first president George Finch, the 9th Earl of Winchilsea, for diffusing the knowledge, and facilitating the general introduction, of useful mechanical inventions and improvements; and for... Sir Edward Appletons medal Photographs of Nobel Prize Medals. ... // Introduction The fundamental component of chemistry is that it involves matter in some way (this explains its broad reach). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The premises of the Royal Society in London. ... The Order of Merit is a British and Commonwealth Order bestowed by the Monarch. ... In the United Kingdom, Life Peers are appointed members of the Peerage whose titles may not be inherited (those whose titles are inheritable are known as hereditary peers). ...


His first degree from Leeds University was followed by the research at Cambridge under Norrish that ultimately led to them both becoming Nobel Laureates. By 1955 he had moved to Sheffield University, where he stayed until his move to the Royal Institution, and after that his research group moved on to Imperial College. University Tower, University of Leeds The University of Leeds (United Kingdom) is amongst the largest of British universities and the most popular by applicants, with 52,444 applicants in 2003 for 7,228 places (UCAS). ... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ... Ronald George Wreyford Norrish (November 9, 1897 – June 7, 1978) was a British chemist. ... Sir Edward Appletons medal Photographs of Nobel Prize Medals. ... University of Sheffield Rerum Cognoscere Causas (To discover the causes of things) Shield image © University of Sheffield The University of Sheffield is a university located in Sheffield, England. ... The Royal Institution of Great Britain was set up in 1799 by the leading British scientists of the age, including Henry Cavendish and its first president George Finch, the 9th Earl of Winchilsea, for diffusing the knowledge, and facilitating the general introduction, of useful mechanical inventions and improvements; and for... Royal School of Mines Entrance Imperial College London is a college of the University of London which focuses on science and technology, and is located in South Kensington in London. ...


His original research was in the development of the technique of flash photolysis, utilising short flashes of light to obtain information on short-lived molecular species. The original flashes came from war surplus RAF aerial flash tubes, but forty years on from special ring lasers that can deliver powerful pulses of light lasting as little as femtoseconds. He was the first person to find solid evidence of chemical free radicals, using this method. He always said that when, in about 1950, he first observed chlorine-oxygen radicals, it was the smoking gun which a generation later was to lead to these same radicals being blamed for destroying the ozone layer. Flash photolysis is a pump-probe technique, where you excite with short pulse light sources like flash lamp, lasers of nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond pulse width. ... RAF is an three letter acronym for: Royal Air Force -- the Air Force of the United Kingdom (see also Air Ministry) Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion) -- a German terror organisation Rigas Autobusu Fabrika -- a factory making buses in Riga, Latvia Rapid Action Force in India Računarski Fakultet RAF... In chemistry, radicals (often refered to as free radicals) are atomic or molecular species with unpaired electrons or an otherwise open shell configuration. ... The ozone layer, or ozonosphere, is that part of the Earths stratosphere which contains relatively high concentrations of ozone (O3). ...


He was well known as a populariser of science, a familiar face on television and a frequent giver of public lectures at the Royal Institution. In 1978 he was invited to give the Romanes Lecture at the University of Oxford, entitled "Science and the human purpose"; and in 1988 he gave the Dimbleby Lecture, "Knowledge itself is power". He was a passionate believer in education, and in the worth of inter-disciplinary studies. As President of the Royal Society, he started a long-overdue dialogue with the Royal Institution and also became known as "Mrs Thatcher's favourite scientist", whom she turned to for advice on matters scientific. The Romanes Lecture is a prestigious free public lecture given annually at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Richard Dimbleby (May 25, 1913–December 22, 1965) was a British journalist and broadcaster. ... The President of the Royal Society (PRS) is the elected head of the Royal Society of London. ... The Royal Institution of Great Britain was set up in 1799 by the leading British scientists of the age, including Henry Cavendish and its first president George Finch, the 9th Earl of Winchilsea, for diffusing the knowledge, and facilitating the general introduction, of useful mechanical inventions and improvements; and for... The Right Honourable Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925), is a British politician. ...


Porter served as Chancellor of the University of Leicester between 1986 and 1995. In 2001, the University's chemistry building was named the George Porter Building in his honour. A University Chancellor is the title frequently used — particularly in Europe — to indicate the head of a university. ... The University of Leicester is a leading research led UK university based in Leicester, England, with almost twenty thousand registered students - about ten thousand of them full-time students, and seven thousand of them distance-learning students (the largest distance learning population of any UK university other than the Open... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


External Links

  • His obituary notice in The Telegraph, 2 September 2002
Preceded by:
Sir Andrew Huxley
President of the Royal Society
1985–1990
Succeeded by:
Sir Michael Atiyah

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George Porter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (455 words)
The Right Honourable George Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS (6 December 1920–31 August 2002) was an English chemist.
Porter served as Chancellor of the University of Leicester between 1986 and 1995.
In 2001, the University's chemistry building was named the George Porter Building in his honour.
George Bryan Porter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (229 words)
George Bryan Porter (February 9, 1791 - July 6, 1834), was a U.S. statesman in Pennsylvania and Michigan Territory.
He was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the brother of David Rittenhouse Porter, Pennsylvania Governor, 1839-1845, and James Madison Porter, Secretary of War, 1843-1844, and the uncle of Horace Porter, U.S. Ambassador to France, 1897-1905.
Porter was a Major in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812.
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