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Celebrating Stephen Wallwork's 91st Birthday


This May, our retired colleague, Dr Stephen Wallwork will be celebrating his 91st birthday. In honour of this contribution to Crystallography at Nottingham, the School will be holding a birthday party on the 9th May in B17 at 4pm.

Stephen, who was in Nottingham from 1949-1982, started out as an assistant lecturer and later went on to become a permanent staff member as a lecturer in Chemistry. With the support of Professor F. E King, Head of Chemistry when Stephen was first appointed, he was able to carry out crystallographic research”, starting with a project fund of £1000, in a 3m2 lab which also served as his office. During his time here at Nottingham, Stephen published a long series of publications on ‘The Crystal structures of free radical salts and complexes’.

 Stephen’s work in crystallography led him to become a Founder Member of the British Crystallographic Association, having served on the Working Party to set it up. Stephen and his wife Marion were guests of the President of the British Crystallographic Association, Professor Lee Brammer, at the Gala Dinner during the Association's recent meeting in Nottingham. In his speech, Professor Brammer paid tribute to Stephen's contributions which include establishing crystallography inNottingham from 1949 onwards and playing a pivotal role in the founding of the Association in 1982. Stephen later commented: 'It was a very interesting and enjoyable occasion, meeting again, after a long break, so many crystallographic friends and acquaintances.'

Posted on Wednesday 20th April 2016

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