John Howard Purnell

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John Howard Purnell OBE FRSC[1] (17 August 1925 Rhondda, South Wales – 12 January 1996 Swansea, Wales)[2] was a Welsh chemist.


He attended Maes y Dderwen County School in Ystradgynlais before attending Pentre Secondary School.[3]

After graduating with a first class honours in chemistry at University College, Cardiff in 1946 he went on to the University of Wales and received a PhD in 1952.[3]


Purnell began to work in the field of gas chromatography in this field in 1952 at Cambridge University while working with Professor R. G. W. Norrish.[3] In 1965 he became Professor of Physical Chemistry at University College, Swansea where he remained until his retirement in 1992.[[:Category:|]]

He was president of the Royal Society of Chemistry between 1994 and 1996.[citation needed]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Swansea University, Honorary Awards". Archived from the original on 2015-01-28.
  2. ^ "Obituary in the Independent".
  3. ^ a b c "Article in Chromarographia" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Beilby Medal and Prize Previous Winners". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 19 May 2018.