History of the Dalton Division


A short history of the Dalton Division

The Dalton Division was formed in 1972 at the time of amalgamation between the Chemical Society and the Royal Institute of Chemistry, together with the Faraday Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry. 

As the Faraday Society became the Faraday Division for physical chemistry, so a new inorganic chemistry division was named the Dalton Division for John Dalton (a prominent historical chemist, famous for his development of the modern theory of the atom). 

A Perkin Division was simultaneously formed for organic chemistry, and has since become the RSC Organic Division. 

The list of past Dalton Presidents contains names of many of the most celebrated British inorganic chemists of the last 40 years.

Presidents of the Dalton Division

Picture of Professor David J Cole-Hamilton

Professor David J Cole-Hamilton
President of Dalton Division 2013 to 2016




Picture of Professor Peter A Tasker

Professor Peter A Tasker
President of Dalton Division 2010 to 2013




Professor Robin N Perutz
President of Dalton Division 2007 to 2010




Professor Peter G Edwards
President of Dalton Division 2004 to 2007




Professor C David Garner
President of Dalton Division 2001 to 2004




Professor J A McCleverty
President of Dalton Division 1999 to 2001




Professor B F G Johnson
President of Dalton Division 1997 to 1999




Professor K Wade
President of Dalton Division 1995 to 1997




Professor J J Turner
President of Dalton Division 1993 to 1995




Professor R J P Williams
President of Dalton Division 1991 to 1993




Professor M F Lappert
President of Dalton Division 1989 to 1991




Professor P M Maitlis
President of Dalton Division 1985 to 1987




Professor D C Bradley
President of Dalton Division 1983 to 1985




Professor F G A Stone
President of Dalton Division 1981 to 1983




Professor N N Greenwood
President of Dalton Division 1979 to 1981




Professor E A V Ebsworth
President of Dalton Division 1976 to 1979




Professor J S Anderson
President of Dalton Division 1974 to 1976




Professor J Chatt
President of Dalton Division 1972 to 1974




Contact and Further Information

Dr Clare Dyer-Smith
Programme Manager, Physical Sciences
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
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