Henry Moseley

Henry (Harry) Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley came from a scientifically brilliant family. He was a scholar at Eton College and Oxford University before starting his research. While still in his twenties he had applied to be a professor at Oxford and at Birmingham Universities. However the start of the First World War in 1914 put the appointments on hold. Moseley turned down the opportunity to do a safe scientific job in Britain and became an officer in the Royal Engineers. He was killed by a sniper in Turkey in August 1915. Many people think that Britain lost a future Nobel Prize winner. This is because Nobel Prizes, the most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. are awarded only to living people.

Henry Moseley. Reproduced courtesy of the Library and Information Centre, The Royal Society of Chemistry.