30 Years ago: Endowment for Spinks Symposia


Alfred Spinks

Alfred Spinks

ICI has made an endowment of £10,000 to a trust fund, which will be administered by the RSC, to organise a biennial symposium on industrial chemistry in memory of Alfred Spinks who died in February (1982).

Spinks was ICI’s research director from 1970 until his retirement in 1979. He played a key role in the development of the first successful cardiovascular drugs and in a variety of other areas. ICI Pharmaceuticals Division’s new laboratories at Alderley Park were extended while he was on the Division Board.

His distinguished career included several periods in public office, eg president of the Chemical Society (1979–1980) and chairman of the Advisory Council for Applied Research and Development (1980–81).

In a tribute in The Times earlier this year, Duncan Davies of the Department of Industry described Spinks as ‘Britain’s most prominent industrial chemist and biologist’.

Ed. Spinks Symposia are still held today, with the next on 28 January at the Chemistry Centre at Burlington House. The full day workshop will this year be on the subject of regenerative medicine and will bring together researchers who work in industry, academia and the wider life and medical sciences sectors. For further information see: www.rsc.org/conferencesandevents/RSCEvents/SciencePolicyEvents/spinks-2013.asp


Related Content

Targeting breast cancer

28 March 2014 Premium contentFeature

news image

Tamoxifen has been treating breast cancer for 40 years, but few would have predicted how much this drug would contribute to s...

Flashback

30 March 2011 Premium contentFlashback

news image

25 years ago in Chemistry in Britain

Most Read

US government science institute's one time police chief linked to campus meth lab

31 July 2015 News and Analysis

news image

Explosion injuring a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's security force uncovered methamphetamine ...

(–)-Jiadifenolide

27 July 2015 Organic Matter

news image

BRSM wonders what makes a route so good it becomes the last total synthesis of a complex target

Most Commented

(–)-Jiadifenolide

27 July 2015 Organic Matter

news image

BRSM wonders what makes a route so good it becomes the last total synthesis of a complex target

Butterfly population collapse prompts lawsuit against EPA

5 March 2015 News and Analysis

news image

US agency criticised for failing to investigate link between glyphosate and the dwindling monarch butterfly population