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Meeting on the Life and Work of George Porter, Lord Porter of Luddenham (1920-2002)

6 December 2021 11:00-16:00, London, United Kingdom

Porter born in Yorkshire, studied chemistry at Leeds University before serving in the Royal Navy during the war. He then worked at Cambridge University with R.G.W. Norrish and with Manfred Eigen they shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their photochemical research. Porter was Professor of Chemistry at Sheffield University until 1966 when he became Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution and its second Director. President of the Chemical Society between 1970 and 1972, in 1985 he became President of the Royal Society of London. In addition to the formal talks, there will also be an open session when any former students or colleagues of Porter can contribute their recollections.

Speakers and Program:

11.00 Arrival and coffee

11.20 Dr John Porter and Dr Andrew Porter

Living above the shop: our memories of the Royal Institution

12.00 Professor David Phillips

Chemistry in Microtime

12.40 Lunch

2.00 Dr Rupert Cole

‘Popular Champion for Science’s Fight’: George Porter’s Career as a Public Scientist

2.40 Dame Mary Archer (Wheeler Lecture)

George Porter: A Peer among Scientists

3.20 Opportunity to reminisce by any attendee

4.00 Tea and departure
The Royal Society of Chemistry

Library, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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Department of Science and Technology Studies,
University College London,
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