Jim Ballantine (1934–2013) was an outstanding chemist who spent his career as a teacher, academic and researcher at Swansea University. Although inspirational in all of these roles, Jim stands out as a lifelong promoter and communicator of chemistry
Not all scientific discoveries are made in laboratories by experienced researchers. Agnes Pockels, a lady with no formal training in chemistry, made many important contributions to the science of liquid surfaces from her kitchen sink!
The quintessential chemist amassed a fortune during his lifetime from his many hundreds of patents. His true legacy however is his commitment to the recognition of those who have “conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.”
An Oxford don and chemistry researcher in peacetime, Angel put his scientific skills to work during World War I in a munitions factory. When this exploded in 1917, Angel’s heroic efforts to save the factory workers cost him his life.
Jane Marcet, author of one of the first elementary science textbooks, not only inspired Faraday but aimed to inspire female scientists-to-be and will continue to inspire the public through thespians at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Santiago Schnell learnt to love chemistry as a child in Venezuela. Now as faculty member at the University of Michigan Medical School, he is an active campaigner for inclusion and diversity in science.
Inspired by the chemistry of distillation and the drink of Scotland, Masataka Taketsuru and his wife, Rita, brought the art of whisky to Japan. Today they are revered as ‘The Mother and Father of Japanese Whisky’.
Home-schooled for much of his early life, Richard Maling Barrer grew up on a remote sheep farm in New Zealand and later transformed the field of zeolite chemistry from an intellectual curiosity to a cornerstone of industry.
Irène Joliot-Curie is best known for the discovery, jointly with her husband, Frédéric, of artificial radioactivity, which paved the way for the development of many aspects of biomedical research, medical treatments and nuclear fission.
Some people know that they want to work in science right away; others go on a journey. Abigail Storey’s career is an interesting journey with an unconventional route. Abigail is Chief Scientific Glass Blower at the University of York.
Although she made profound contributions to many fields during her lifetime it is Menten's work on enzyme kinetics that is best remembered today, thanks in no small part to the Michaelis-Menten equation which bears her name.
Overcoming the racial prejudices of turn-of-the-century Alabama where he was born, Percy Lavon Julian’s pioneering work on steroid chemistry transformed both hormonal medicine and our understanding of plant chemistry.
Dorothy Hodgkin is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of X-ray crystallography, for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964. She remains the only British woman to have received the award.
Bill Williams started as a trainer of RAF pilots, a researcher at a cider factory, and a lecturer at Aberystwyth University but his renowned lecture series, given to over 80,000 schoolchildren, has made him recognisable to students across the country
Leaving formal education early didn’t stop Jacob Cox following his childhood passion for chemistry. Now a qualified environmental chemist after overcoming family and health problems, he reflects on his unusual path to a chemistry career.
In a chemistry career spanning academia and industry across three continents, Ellen Mwenesongole has become a role model for others from her background, while harnessing skills learnt in the fast-paced chemical industry to succeed in her PhD.
After failing chemistry at high school, Neelum discovered a love of organic chemistry at university and now has a successful career with VWR as Chemicals and Chromatography Sales manager for North East England and Scotland.
Is your chili legal? Liz Moran is one of the public analysts who protect us from banned substances in food, and was recently listed as one of the Science Council’s top 100 leading practising scientists.
From lecturing in the middle of a war zone, to making anti-inflammatories from the secretions of parasitic worms, Abedawn Khalaf’s career path has been difficult and dangerous, but ultimately rewarding.
Kylie is an Associate Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Her research group has pioneered a new method of using enzymes bound on carbon beads to catalyse reactions and new ways to probe redox reactions in enzymes.
Researcher, communicator, entertainer and dad – Andrew Holding works for Cancer Research UK, blogs for the Guardian, founded Cambridge’s BrightClub, has tea parties, reads stories and does kitchen science.
The first female member of the Chemical Society and a vocal campaigner for equality, Ida Smedley is most renowned for her scientific discovery of the essential linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic omega fatty acids.
Known as the “Queen Bee” of Imperial College, Martha Annie Whiteley studied chemistry at a pivotal time for women in science, playing a crucial role in campaigning for women to be admitted to the Chemical Society.
Karl Plagge is chemistry's equivalent of Oskar Schindler. He used his scientific insights and position as a staff officer in the German Army to protect more than one thousand Lithuanian Jews during World War II