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Ronald George Wreyford Norrish

Norrish, Ronald George Wreyford, 1897–1978, British chemist, Ph.D. Cambridge, 1925. He joined the faculty at Cambridge in 1925 and was a professor there until he retired in 1965. Norrish was awarded the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with George Porter and Manfred Eigen for their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions. Norrish and Porter used a technique known as flash photolysis to study the intermediate stages of high-velocity reactions. Prior to the work of the three Nobelists, the study of short-lived high-energy molecules and their chemical characteristics was impossible.

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