Authorised form of namePorter; Helen Kemp (1899 - 1987)
Other forms of surnameArchbold
Dates1899 - 1987
Place of birthPlace Hale, Farnham, Surrey, England
Date of birth10 November 1899
Date of death07/12/1987
Research fieldPlant physiology
At home; Clifton High School for Girls (1906-1917); Bedford College for Women, London. BSc (1921 Chemistry and physics); DSc (1932)
Postgraduate work, Imperial College, London; on research team which included Elsie Widdowson (FRS 1976) studying respiration of apples relating to sugars and organic acids; studied biology at even classes at Birkbeck College, London; attended courses in biochemistry at Chelsea Polytechnical College (1928); on team of Research Institute of Plant Physiology, Imperial College, London and Rothamsted Experimental Laboratories (1931); Visiting Lecturer in Biochemistry, Swanley Horticultural College; worked on starch metabolism, studying barley; transferred to Rothamsted (World War 2); Coris laboratory, St Louis, USA (1947-1948); given grant by the Nuffield Foundation (1953); Principal Scientific Officer, Research Institute of Plant Physiology, Imperial College (1954); Reader in Enzymology, Botany Department, Imperial College (1957); Professor of Plant Physiology (1959-1964), the first woman Professor at Imperial College; Second Secretary, Agricultural Research Council (1964); Advisor to the Secretary (1972); bequeathed money to the Royal Society
Biochemical Society (Chairman 1965)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election15/03/1956
RelationshipsDaughter of George Kemp Archbold and his wife Caroline Emily Broughton Whitehead.
Married 1) (1937) William George Porter (died); 2) Arthur St George Huggett (FRS 1958), physiologist
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1991 vol 37 pp 399-409, plate, by D H Northcote
Royal Society codeNA5970
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1956/18Porter, Helen Kemp: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/GA/WS/5029Porter, Helen Kempnd
PB/1/33/2Correspondence concerning the Copley Medal of the Royal Society1956
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