Title and Description Page
Lifetime Achievement Publications 1
Overview in the British Society of Mass Spec. Journal.
Childhood, College, and the War 5
Speaking Welsh. The War Work. Schooling. Military Service. Decision not to attend graduate school. Civil Service. How a physicist wound up among chemists. Life during the war.
Imperial Chemical Industries and Mass Spectrometry 19
Learning what mass spec was. Details of the first build. Budgeting. Problems with the first mass spec. How it was used. Publishing. Difficulties gaining acceptance. Possible improvements. Metropolitan Vickers. International Education. Crossroads of physics and chemistry. Mess spec in manufacturing.
Academia, Publishing, and Influence 40
Alternating between ICI and Purdue. Reluctance to break ties with United Kingdom. Royal Society job. Returning to Swansea. Nine books in total. Published prolifically short time in academia. Applications of his research in theory. Accurate mass theories. Publication sales figure.
A Leader in the Field 67
Industrial consultation for VG. How he was compensated. Attending conferences. Excited developments he recalls. Playing the washboard at a conference. Published images. ASTM meetings. A paper out every 10 days. Derivative mass spectrometry and other advancements. What has and hasn't been followed up on.
Creating Community 79
Question about when the British Mass Spectrometry Society actually started. Slipping recollections. International meetings. How politics affects meeting plans. Royal Society Fellowship. Presenting a paper in Welsh.
Appendix: Interview with Gareth Brenton 88
Beynon's Royal Society post and the University College of Swansea. Life as Beynon's second post doc. IKES and MIKES. Publication schedule. Life in the Beynon lab. Instruments in the lab. Life in Wales. Rugby clubs.