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The 16th Desty Memorial Lecture for Innovation In Separation Science will take place in its established home of the Royal Institution of Great Britain on 5 October 2011.
The Royal Institution is used for this gathering, as this was the building that Denis Desty enjoyed above all others. He, like other great scientists, enjoyed the dissemination of science to the widest possible audience and was inspired by the Royal Institution of Great Britain and how for the past two hundred years the institution has been at the centre of scientific research and the popularization of science in England. Within its walls, some of the major scientific discoveries of the last two centuries have been made. These include the discovery of sodium and potassium by Humphry Davy, electromagnetic induction by Michael Faraday, why the sky is blue by John Tyndall, the liquefaction of hydrogen by James Dewar, the structure of benzene by Kathleen Lonsdale under William Henry Bragg and the first enzyme to have its structure determined by David Chilton Phillips under William Lawrence Bragg.
Denis was a passionate communicator and took every opportunity possible to pass on his knowledge and enthusiasm for science. He presented his famous 'Flames are Fun' lecture at the Royal Institution in December 1989, and so fulfilled a much-cherished ambition by standing in the same 'sacred' place as one of his heroes, Michael Faraday.
This year the meeting is dedicated to Raymond Peter William Scott, better known as Ray Scott, who died on 12 February this year aged 86. Ray published over 200 original papers on separation technology. He invented the flame thermocouple detector, the forerunner of the flame ionization detector, pioneered the development of high efficiency packed columns and with A.T. James developed the moving wire detector for liquid chromatography. In 1988 was supposed to retire, but in effect he was working and motivating students until his death. He authored 14 books, all on separation technology, and received numerous awards for his work in chromatography. He — together with his friend Denis Desty — was a founding member of the Chromatography Discussion Group.
This year lectures will be given in honour of Ray by Paul Haddad (University of Tasmania); Ron Majors (Agilent) Pat Sandra (Research Institute for Chromatography) Chris Pohl (Dionex); Kevin Wyndham (Waters); and Jeremy Glennon (University of Cork).
The Royal Institution will open for registration and coffee at 9:30 am with the lectures starting at 10:30 am until 4:30 pm
Tickets for this year's Desty Memorial Lecture are free, but as the Royal Institutions main lecture theatre can only hold 250 people tickets will be allocated on a first booked allocation.The latest update on the lecture can be found at www.desty.org.uk To obtain tickets and for further information contact: Peter Myers, Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZQ, UK. Tel: +44 151 795 2386, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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