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Richard Charles Nairn

Richard Nairn, Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Immunology of Monash University, Victoria, Australia, was born on 18 November 1919. He died on 1 August 1995 in England. The achievements on which Richy Nairn's reputation rests were gained mostly in Australia and are less well known in this country than there and in America where his contributions to the study of the immunology of bowel cancer led to an honorary consultancy and later a visiting Professorship in Residence in the M D Anderson Hospital and the System Cancer Center at the University of Texas. Scientific recognition had already come in this country with his election to Fellowship of this Society and, later, was marked by visits to the Chester Beatty Cancer Research Institute as a Royal Society and Nuffield bursar. In addition, he gave nominated and foundation lectures in Houston and Toronto. Learn more about Richard Charles Nairn

Kashinath Nandy

Kashinath Nandy was born on 1 December 1927. He came to Edinburgh in 1959 from Presidency College Observatory, Calcutta, where he was lecturer in Applied Mathematics, planning to spend one year gaining practical experience in astronomy at the Royal Observatory. He enrolled as a post-graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, and one year later was awarded the degree of Master of Science - his second MSc, as he already had one in mathematics from his home university in India. Kashi stayed on, working for his PhD which he gained in 1964. In the event, he was to remain in Edinburgh for the rest of his career, rising rapidly in the ranks of the Observatory's scientific personnel, finally reaching the high position of Deputy Chief Scientific Officer on Special Merit. Learn more about Kashinath Nandy

Mary Jessie McDonald Noble

Mary Noble passed away peacefully on 20 July 2002 at the Drummond Grange Nursing Home, Lasswade, in an area of Scotland with which she was intimately linked. Her parents were both from Leith, where her father had a chemist and druggist shop at Gladstone Place for over fifty years. Mary was born on 23 February 1911 and it was her father, himself a student in Glasgow of the eminent botanist Professor F O Bower, who introduced Mary to botany. Mary attended Mary Erskine School, before going to Edinburgh University where she gained a B.Sc. with Honours in Botany. Learn more about Mary Jessie McDonald Noble

Thomas Brennan Nolan

Dr Thomas Brennan Nolan, elected Honorary Fellow in 1966, died in Washington, DC on August 2nd 1992. He was one of the most illustrious Directors of the United States Geological Survey. He was born at Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1901; after High School in New Haven, Connecticut, he graduated from Yale in metallurgy in 1921 and gained the PhD in geology there in 1924. In that year he began his service with the USGS from which he never retired. His first assignment was on the Mother Lode of California, continuing afterwards to work on the metal mining districts in the Basin-and-Range country in Utah and Nevada including Tonopah, Gold Hill and Eureka. He became the Survey's specialist on tungsten ores and rendered important service to the US war effort when this vital element, not abundant in western America was most needed. In 1944, he became Assistant Director and moved to Washington, DC. He was promoted to Director in 1957 by President Eisenhower, this office being in the gift of the President. He retired from the Directorship in 1965, having prepared the way for the move to the fine new headquarters at Reston, Virginia. Learn more about Thomas Brennan Nolan

Derek Charles Nonhebel

Derek Nonhebel was an organic chemist who spent almost all his entire academic career, until his retirement in 1999, at the University of Strathclyde. He graduated in chemistry at Kings College, University of London with first class honours in 1954 before moving to Oxford University on a Salter Fellowship leaving with a DPhil in 1957. He moved to the United States (State University of Iowa) on a Fulbright Scholarship before returning to the UK to join ICI as a Technical Officer. In 1959 his Strathclyde career began when he was appointed a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, ultimately promoted to Reader in 1979. He was elected FRSC in 1985. Even after he officially retired from the University he continued there as International Visiting Professor and Academic Consultant. For his extensive work on free radicals he was awarded a DSc degree by the University of London in 1993. Derek’s activities in University administration included a period as Vice Dean for the Faculty of Science from 1995 to 1999; he was also a long term elected member of the University Senate and Court. Read more about Derek Nonhebel

Alexander Nove

Alec Nove, who died suddenly in Norway on 15 May 1994, had a long established international reputation as a leading authority on Russia and Eastern Europe. He was born to a Jewish family in Petrograd - as it was then called - on 24 November 1915. His father, Jacob Novakovsky, had been briefly a deputy minister in the Provisional Government of 1917, and he had thought it prudent, in view of his Menshevik background, to leave Russia. In 1923, he brought his family to London where Alec was brought up. He attended King Alfred School and then went on to the London School of Economics where he graduated in 1936. During the war he served in the Royal Signals, and only just escaped capture in 1940 by leaving on one of the last ships from Bordeaux. Subsequently, as he was bi-lingual in English and Russian, he was transferred to Intelligence and ended the war as a major. From 1948 to 1958, he was a civil servant in the Board of Trade where he was concerned with the dismantling of some of the controls left over from the planned wartime economy - useful experience in view of his later interests. During this period he was borrowed for a time by the Foreign Office and sent to Moscow as Temporary First Secretary in 1956. He also spent a short time in Glasgow at the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies which had been founded by (Sir) Alec Cairncross, Hon FRSE. In 1958 he returned to academic life as a Reader at LSE. Learn more about Alexander Nove

Cecil Wilfred Nutt

Cecil Nutt was born in Fishponds, Bristol on 27 December 1921, son of Edgar and Ada Nutt. He attended Dr Morgan’s School in Bridgwater, Somerset and from there proceeded to study chemistry at Bristol University. After graduating in chemistry in 1942 he joined the Armament Research Department of the Ministry of Supply, part of which was located in Bristol University, and carried out research on plastic explosives. At the end of the war in 1946 he was able to complete his PhD under the supervision of Dr W J Dunning and Professor W E Garner in one year using some of the material from his war work. He graduated PhD in 1947. By this time Cecil had married, in 1944, Betty Legg, whom he had met while still an undergraduate. Betty recalls the hazardous nature of some of the experiments carried out at that time. Cecil published two papers on the physical chemistry of concentrated nitric acid and the heat of its reaction with hexamine. Learn more about Cecil Wilfred Nutt


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