Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Growing up in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Being chosen for King Edward VII Grammar School. Encouragement towards University of Oxford. Hastings Scholarship to Queen's College. Influences of the Chemistry Master, Mr. Hargreaves. National Service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Avoiding Korea because of possible scarlet fever infection.
Higher Education and Post-Doctorate 10
Queen's College, University of Oxford. Tutor Jack Wilfrid Linnett. Examination after three years. Part 2 research. Nitrogen atom reactions. First Class Honors. Continuing research with Linnett for D.Phil. NationalResearch Council in Ottawa, Canada. Mass Spectrometry research with Robert J. Cvetanovic.
The University of Sheffield 19
University of Sheffield. Assistant Professor. Mass spectrometry and gas kinetics research. Building his own equipment. Fluorine research. The advent of metastable transitions and John Beynon. Joining various mass spectrometry groups. Burgeoning mass spectrometry community.
Ion Cyclotron Resonance Research 30
Time-of-Flight mass spectrometry. Time-dependant ion fragmentation. Varian's Syrotron. Collaboration with Michael T. Bowers. Sharing MS9 machine within the department. Collision induced spectroscopy research.
The University of Warwick and the Biological Sciences 40
University of Warwick. Building a second Ion Cyclotron Resonance machine. Continuing research on fluorinated compounds and metastables. Fundamental research in gas phase ion chemistry. Beginning research on peptides. Crossed beam mass spectrometry. Joining Howard Dalton's research group. Taking his equipment with him. Christmas lecture on proteomics. Development of mass spectrometers.
Collaborations, Administration, and Mass Spectrometry in Britain 61
Mass spectrometry community in industry. Collaborations in biology. Accommodating faculty on sabbatical leave in his lab. Administrative work within the department. Fifteen of twenty-five years in the chemistry department as chair. Chairman of the Board of Science. John Beynon. Early interest from the oil companies. British Mass Spectrometry Society founded 1964. Introduction of interpretation into undergraduate curricula. Post-graduate curricula. Lecturing abroad. NATO courses.
Mass Spectrometry Research 85
Combining radical gas kinetics and spectroscopy. Scientific method and publishing. Fast-atom bombardement. Surface induced collisions. Time of Flight. Researching Mad Cow Disease and protein folding through ion mobility.
Personal Interactions 94
John Beynon and metastables. Publishing. Founding the mass spectroscopy journals. Separating mass spec from more mainstream chemistry and science. Discipline formation. Alfred Gordon Gaydon. Klaus Biemann. Michael Barber and Martin Elliot. Nico Nibbering. Jean Futrell. R. Graham Cooks. Allan Maccoll. Dudley Williams.
Teaching and Colleagues 120
Thermodynamics. Popular course for pre-university students. Increased teaching because of small department size. Urs P. Schlunegger. Jean-Claude Tabet. James H. Scrivens. Alzira Almoster-Ferreira. University of Lisbon. University of Malawi.