Richard Norman (chemist)


Sir Richard Oswald Chandler Norman, KBE FRS (April 27, 1932 – June 6, 1993) was a British chemist.[1]


Norman was born in Norbury, London. His father Oswald managed a bank in the area. Norman received his primary education at St Paul's School, London. He graduated with a first in chemistry from Balliol College, Oxford in 1955, and the following year joined Merton College, Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow, completing his DPhil in 1957.[2] His doctoral thesis investigated using continuous flow mixing techniques to study rapid free radical reactions. He was elected as a Fellow of Merton College in 1958, lecturing, tutoring and building up a research team.

In 1965 Norman moved to the University of York to create a new chemistry department, where he gained a reputation for the study of organic reactions. In 1987 he returned to Oxford as Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, where he remained until his death.

He married Jennifer Margaret Tope in 1982; they had no children. He died in Oxford in 1993; his body was cremated at Oxford.

Textbooks and Monographs

  • Electrophilic Substitution in Benzenoid Compounds (with Roger Taylor) (published 1964)
  • Principles of Organic Synthesis (published 1968; 3rd ed. 1993, with James M. Coxon)
  • Modern Organic Chemistry (with David J. Waddington) (published 1972; 4th ed. 1983)
  • Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry: Case Studies (with Michael J. Tomlinson and David J. Waddington, published 1978)

Recognitions, honours, awards


  1. ^ Steward, W. B. (12 June 1993). "Obituary:Sir Richard Norman". The Independent. London. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 474.
  3. ^
  • Hughes, D.E.P. "Norman, Sir Richard Oswald Chandler (1932–1993), chemist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • Waddington, D. (1997). "Sir Richard Oswald Chandler Norman, K.B.E. 27 April 1932--6 June 1993: Elected ER.S. 1977". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 43: 335. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1997.0019.
Academic offices
Preceded by Rector of Exeter College, Oxford
Succeeded by