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Chemistry celebrates Nobel Prize centenary

9 October 2003

UCL's Department of Chemistry is hosting a lecture to mark the centenary of Sir William Ramsay's receipt of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Sir William Ramsay Ramsay was UCL's Professor of Inorganic Chemistry from 1887 until his retirement in 1913. Between 1885 and 1890, he published several notable papers on the oxides of nitrogen and followed those up with the discovery of argon, helium, neon, krypton and xenon. One hundred years ago, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the noble gases.

The lecture Ramsay Nobel Prize Centenary Celebration: Lighting up NMR and MRI Using 'Nobel' Gases', will be held at 5pm on 28 October 2003 in the Chemistry Auditorium, with Professor Alex Pines (Berkeley, California) as the lead speaker.

Dr Andrea Sella (Chemistry), who is co-organising the event, said: "Professor Pines is an astonishingly good speaker who has developed highly imaginative techniques involving xenon NMR spectroscopy to probe biological systems." Dr Sella and departmental colleague Professor Alwyn Davies will start the proceedings with a brief biography of Ramsay and his work, making use of artefacts held at UCL.

To find out more about the event use the links below.

UCL's Department of Chemistry
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