18 February 1927 – 11 September 2020
Colin Trevor Mortimer was Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Keele. His long career spanned more than 30 years at Keele, from 1955 to 1988. He previously worked with Hank (H A) Skinner at Manchester, who introduced him to thermochemistry. His research interests were in the measurement of enthalpies of reactions in inorganic solids, and he published more than 80 papers in this area. He was author of a book entitled ‘Reaction Heats and Bond Strengths’ (Pergamon, 1962) based on his postgraduate lectures at Keele. He had an association with several universities in Africa, helping to set up Chemistry departments there.
As well as his academic work, Colin was an active member of the Keele community, continuing to live on campus after his retirement, He was a stalwart of the chapel community, being involved in fund raising for the building of the chapel in the 1960s. He also retained a life long link with his school in Yorkshire, which including serving as governor for some time. Along with his work at Keele, he epitomised service to education throughout his life.