Derek Barton

About Derek Barton

Who is it?: Chemist
Birth Day: September 08, 1918
Birth Place: Gravesend, Kent, England, British
Resting place: La Grange Cemetery, Texas
Alma mater: Imperial College London
Known for: Barton reaction Barton decarboxylation Barton–McCombie deoxygenation Barton–Zard synthesis
Awards: Corday-Morgan Prize (1949) FRS (1954) Davy Medal (1961) Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1969) Royal Medal (1972) Knight Bachelor (1972) Copley Medal (1980) Priestley Medal (1995)
Fields: Chemistry
Institutions: Imperial College London Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles Texas A&M University Birkbeck College London
Doctoral advisor: Ian Heilbron
Doctoral students: Jack Baldwin Anthony Barrett

Derek Barton

Derek Barton was born on September 08, 1918 in Gravesend, Kent, England, British, is Chemist. Sir Derek Harold Richard Barton was an English chemist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the groundwork he laid for the determination of the three-dimensional shape of organic compounds. He shared the prize with a Norwegian chemist named Odd Hassel. Barton had a breakthrough while studying ‘conformational analysis’ or the ‘geometries of a molecule and its associated energies’ in 1950 when he suggested that the reaction rates of isomers were affected by the orientations of functional groups in space. Barton was one of the brilliant chemists at the heart of the movement that brought in a revolution in field of organic chemistry during the period 1940-1970. He did not restrict himself to any specialization in one field of chemistry but moved into other areas of the subject as well. He was gifted with the ability to draw out the general implications from the work of other chemists and bridged the boundaries of different fields of chemistry. He had the confidence to use his intuition instead of deductive logic in suggesting lines of reasoning which had remained incomplete until then. He carried out research on the oxidation of saturated hydrocarbons and on the way oxyradicals behaved. He developed an easier way to synthesize the hormone ‘aldosterone’ which was required for the treatment of Addison’s disease.
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As per our current Database, Derek Barton has been died on 16 March 1998(1998-03-16) (aged 79)\nCollege Station, Texas, USA.

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Born September 08, 1918 (Gravesend, Kent, England, British)
Birthday September 08
Town/City Gravesend, Kent, England, British
Nationality British

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He attended Gravesend Grammar School (1926–29), The King's School, Rochester (1929–32), Tonbridge School (1932–35) and Medway Technical College (1937–39). In 1938 he entered Imperial College London, where he graduated in 1940 and obtained his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry in 1942.


From 1942 to 1944 he was a government research Chemist, from 1944 to 1945 he was with Albright and Wilson in Birmingham. He then became Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry of Imperial College, and from 1946 to 1949 he was ICI Research Fellow.


In 1949 he was the first recipient of the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 1954 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and the International Academy of Science as well as, in 1956, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; in 1965 he was appointed member of the Council for Scientific Policy. He was knighted in 1972, becoming formally styled Sir Derek in Britain. In 1978 he became Director of the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN - Gif Sur-Yvette) in France.


Barton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1954. In 1966 he was elected a Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.


In 1958 Professor Barton was appointed Arthur D. Little Visiting Professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 1959 Karl Folkers Visiting Professor of Illinois and Wisconsin Universities. In 1960 he was appointed a Visiting Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, spending much of his time with the W.H. Dauben Group. The same year he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


In 1977, on the occasion of the centenary of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, the British Post Office honoured him, and 5 other Nobel Prize-winning British chemists, with a series of 4 postage stamps featuring aspects of their discoveries.


In 1986 he became Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University and held this position for 12 years until his death.


In 1996, Professor Barton published a comprehensive volume of his works, entitled Reason and Imagination: Reflections on Research in Organic Chemistry.

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