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Authorised form of nameMelville; Sir; Harry Work (1908 - 2000)
SurnameMelville
ForenamesHarry Work
Dates1908 - 2000
Dates and placesBirth:
Edinburgh, Scotland (27 April 1908)
Death:
Gerards Cross, Buckinghamshire (15 June 2000)
ActivityResearch Field:
Polymer chemistry
Education:
George Heriot's School, Edinburgh; Edinburgh University; Cambridge University
Career:
Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1933-1944); Assistant research director for Professor Rideal (1938-1940); Scientific Advisor to the Chief Superintendent of chemical defence (1940-1943); Superintendent, Radar Research Station, Malvern (1943); Professor of Chemistry, Aberdeen University (1945-1948); Mason Professor of Chemistry, Birmingham University (1948-1956); Permanent Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, later Science Research Council (1956); first Chairman, Science Research Council; Principal, Queen Mary College, London (1967-1976)
Honours:
KCB 1958
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
20/03/1941
Medals/Prizes:
Davy Medal 1955
Lectures:
Bakerian 1956
Council:
1945-1947
RelationshipsMarried (1942) Janet Porteous; two daughters
SourcesReferences:
P H Plesch, 'Symposium on Friedel-Crafts Catalysts and Polymerization' in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 135-141
Obituaries:
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2002 vol 48 pp 289-308, plate, by J C Bevington and B G Gowenlock
Royal Society codeNA5160
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
GLB/18/17Paper by G P Wells, Harry Melville and Alexander Haddow on the Archives of the Royal Society Clubc June 1962
GLB/18/20Brown to H W Melville, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research17 April 1964
HF/1/17/1/47/73Copy of a letter from Lindor Brown, Department of Physiology, University of Oxford to Harry Melville, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, London17 April 1964
HWT/41/1/5Correspondence and papers regarding cooperation with European Community, company associates of IUPAC and candidates for electionAugust - November 1966
HWT/41/2/11Correspondence regarding composition of Commission, spectroscopy dictionaryApril - May 1967
HWT/41/3/5Continuing correspondence regarding membershipJanuary - July 1967
HWT/41/2/10Correspondence regarding 'Multilingual Dictionary of Important Terms in Molecular Spectroscopy' etcApril - June 1966
HWT/41/2/13Agendas and correspondence regarding meetings held in Prague (30 - 31 August) and Madrid (9 - 10 September 1967)1967
HWT/41/3/4Correspondence regarding membership of reconstituted CommissionSeptember - December 1966
HWT/41/3/3Correspondence regarding reorganisation of the Triple CommissionSeptember - December 1965
IM/GA/WS/523Melville, Sir Harry Worknd
IM/003058Melville, Sir Harry Worknd
RR/72/194Referee's report by Meredith Gwynne Evans, on a paper 'Studies in copolymerization. Parts I and II' by Harry Work Melville and L Valentine1949
RR/67/29Referee's report by Edmund John Bowen, on a paper 'The reaction of atomic hydrogen with hydrazine' by E A B Birse and Harry Work Melville1940
RR/43/111Referee's report by Herbert Brereton Baker, on a paper 'The effect of foreign gases on the lower critical oxidation limit of phosphorus vapour' by Harry Work Melville and E B LudlamMarch 1931
RR/43/112Referee's report by David Leonard Chapman, on a paper 'The oxidation of phosphorus vapour at low pressures in presence of platinum and tungsten' by Harry Work Melville and E B LudlamDecember 1931
RR/48/128Referee's report by David Leonard Chapman, on a paper 'The photochemistry of phosphine' by Harry Work Melville[August 1932]
RR/48/129Second referee's report by David Leonard Chapman, on a paper 'The photochemistry of phosphine' by Harry Work Melville[November 1932]
RR/67/28Referee's report by Edmund John Bowen, on a paper 'The photolysis of ammonia' by E A B Birse and Harry Work MelvilleJanuary 1940
RR/50/60Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The kinetics of the reaction between hydrogen and nitrous oxide.-I' by Harry Work MelvilleJune 1933
RR/50/61Second referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The kinetics of the reaction between hydrogen and nitrous oxide.-I' by Harry Work Melville28 July 1933
RR/51/40Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The kinetics of the reaction between hydrogen and nitrous oxide III—Effect of oxygen' by Harry Work Melville[May 1934]
RR/51/39Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The kinetics of the reaction between hydrogen and nitrous oxide. Part II' by Harry Work Melville[May 1934]
RR/54/47Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The sorption of hydrogen and deuterium by copper and palladium I-The behaviour of copper and copper oxides' by Harry Work Melville and Eric Keightley RidealJuly 1935
RR/58/93Referee's report by Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, on a paper 'The photochemical decomposition and oxidation of trideuterophosphine' by Harry Work Melville, J L Bolland and H L RoxburghJanuary 1937
RR/71/9Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'Studies in polymerization - IV. The velocity constants in the polymerization of p-methoxystyrene' by D W E Axford[1948]
RR/59/68Referee's report by Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton, on a paper 'The mercury photosensitized exchange reactions of deuterium with ammonia, methane, and water' by A Farkas and Harry Work Melville[July 1936]
RR/72/136Referee's report by Meredith Gwynne Evans, on a paper 'The thermal degradation of polyvinyl compounds. I. A new type of molecular still' by N Grassie and Harry Work Melville1949
RR/72/266Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'The kinetics of the polymerization of sarcosine carbonic anhydride' by S G Waley and J Watson1949
RR/71/205Referee's report by William Charles Evans, on a paper 'The kinetics of the interaction of atomic hydrogen with olefines I. Apparatus and use of para-hydrogen techniques' by Harry Work Melville and J C Robb1948
RR/67/249Referee's report by Edmund John Bowen, on a paper 'The determination of the lifetime of active polymeric molecules' by T T Jones and Harry Work MelvilleMarch 1940
RR/71/208Referee's report by William Charles Evans, on a paper 'The kinetics of the interaction of atomic hydrogen with olefines II. Diffusion theory' by Harry Work Melville and J C Robb1948
RR/69/56Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'Determination of the velocity coefficients for polymerization processes III. Effect of environment on polymerization processes' by G M Burnett and Harry Work Melville1946
RR/68/39Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'The polymerization of olefines induced by free radicals' by C J Danby and Cyril Norman Hinshelwood[July 1941]
RR/68/36Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'The structure of polychloroprene' by C J Birkett Clews[1941]
RR/68/125Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'The photocombination of hydrogen and chlorine in oxygen-free systems' by M Ritchie and D Taylor20 October 1941
RR/71/66Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'The bond dissociation energies of Cd - CH3 in Cd(CH3)2, and of CH3-I in CH3I' by A S Carson, K Hartley and H A Skinner[1948]
RR/69/27Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'Measurement of the ultimate pressures of oildiffusion pumps' by J Blears1945
RR/69/54Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'Determination of the velocity coefficients for polymerization processes. - I. The direct photopolymerization of vinyl acetate' by G M Burnett and Harry Work Melville1946
RR/69/9Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'Studies in polymerization. I. A method for determining the velocity constants in polymerization reactions and its application to styrene' by Clement Henry Bamford and Michael James Stewart DewarJanuary 1947
RR/69/55Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'Determination of the velocity coefficients for polymerization processes II. The photosensitized polymerization of vinyl acetate by benzoyl peroxide' by G M Burnett and Harry Work Melville1946
RR/69/183Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on two papers 'The photochemical polymerization of methyl vinyl ketone vapour' and 'The free radical polymerization of the vapours of certain vinyl derivatives' by Thomas Tyrwhitt Jones and Harry Work Melville1945
RR/71/210Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The kinetics of the interaction of atomic hydrogen with olefines III. Theory and technique involved in the use of the oxides of molybdenum and tungsten as hydrogen atom removers' by Harry Work Melville and J C Robb1948
RR/71/36Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'The polymerization of acetaldehyde at low temperatures' by J C Bevington and Ronald George Wreyford Norrish[1948]
RR/70/16Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'Studies in polymerization - II. A method for investigating the relation between the molecular weights and intrinsic viscosities of polymers, and its application to polystyrene' by Clement Henry Bamford and Michael James Stewart Dewar1947
RR/71/19Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'Studies in polymerization - III. The polymerization of methyl methacrylate' by Clement Henry Bamford and Michael James Stewart Dewar [1948]
RR/71/20Letter from Harry Work Melville, to David Christie Martin, regarding a paper 'Studies in polymerization - III. The polymerization of methyl methacrylate' by Clement Henry Bamford and Michael James Stewart Dewar29 November 1948
RR/71/98Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on a paper 'Studies in polymerization V. The polymerization of vinyl acetate' by Graham Dixon-Lewis[1948]
RR/71/211Referee's report by William Charles Evans, on a paper 'The kinetics of the interaction of atomic hydrogen with olefines IV. Results obtained by the foregoing techniques' by Harry Work Melville and J C Robb1948
RR/72/135Referee's report by Meredith Gwynne Evans, on a paper 'The thermal degradation of polyvinyl compounds. II. The degradation of benzoyl peroxide catalyzed polymethyl methacrylates' by N Grassie and Harry Work Melville1949
RR/71/207Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The kinetics of the interaction of atomic hydrogen with olefines II. Diffusion theory' by Harry Work Melville and J C Robb1948
RR/71/209Referee's report by William Charles Evans, on a paper 'The kinetics of the interaction of atomic hydrogen with olefines III. Theory and technique involved in the use of the oxides of molybdenum and tungsten as hydrogen atom removers' by Harry Work Melville and J C Robb1948
RR/71/212Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The kinetics of the interaction of atomic hydrogen with olefines IV. Results obtained by the foregoing techniques' by Harry Work Melville and J C Robb1948
RR/71/206Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The kinetics of the interaction of atomic hydrogen with olefines I. Apparatus and use of para-hydrogen techniques' by Harry Work Melville and J C Robb1948
RR/72/134Referee's report by Meredith Gwynne Evans, on a paper 'The thermal degradation of polyvinyl compounds - III. The effect of inhibitors and end groups on the degradation of polymethyl methacrylate' by N Grassie and Harry Work Melville1949
RR/72/133Referee's report by Meredith Gwynne Evans, on a paper 'The thermal degradation of polyvinyl compounds IV. The thermal degradation of the methyl methacrylate copolymers with glycol dimethacrylate and acrylonitrile' by N Grassie and Harry Work Melville1949
EC/1941/10Melville, Sir Harry Work: certificate of election to the Royal Society
GLB/18/19H W Melville, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research to Brown31 March 1964
HWT/38/1'Report on Visit to Germany, October 1947, by Professor Todd, Professor Emeleus, Dr Thompson, Professor Cook and Professor Melville'1947
RR/54/48Referee's report by Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, on a paper 'The sorption of hydrogen and deuterium by copper and palladium II-The sorption by palladium and diffusion through copper' by Harry Work Melville and Eric Keightley RidealJuly 1935
RR/58/94Referee's report by Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, on a paper 'The mercury photosensitized exchange reaction of deuterium and phosphine' by Harry Work Melville and J. L. BollandJanuary 1937
RR/68/41Referee's report by Harry Work Melville, on two papers 'The catalysis of the parahydrogen conversion by tungsten' by Daniel Douglas Eley and Eric Keightley Rideal, and 'The interchange of hydrogen in the adsorbed film on tungsten' by Daniel Douglas Eley[June 1941]
PB/1/33/2Correspondence concerning the Copley Medal of the Royal Society1956
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