Keith Usherwood Ingold

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Keith Usherwood Ingold
Born (1929-05-31) 31 May 1929 (age 85)
Leeds, England
Nationality United Kingdom/Canada
Fields Chemical synthesis
Institutions National Research Council
Alma mater University of London
University of Oxford
Known for Research into the mechanisms of free radicals
Notable awards Petroleum Chemistry Award (1968)
Tory Medal (1985)
Linus Pauling Award (1988)
Davy Medal (1990)
Royal Medal (2000)

Keith Usherwood Ingold, OC FRS FRSC FRSE (born 31 May 1929) is a British chemist.

He was born to Sir Christopher Ingold and Dr. Hilda Usherwood, and studied for a BSc in Chemistry at the University of London, completing his degree in 1949. He continued his higher education with a PhD in chemistry at Oxford University, which he completed in 1951. Soon after graduation he moved to Canada to begin work with the National Research Council, followed by two years of post-doctoral research at the University of British Columbia.[1] He returned to work for the NRC in 1955 as a research officer, followed by a promotion to head of the Free Radical Chemistry Section. He was awarded the 1968 Petroleum Chemistry Award, the 1988 Linus Pauling Award, and both the Davy Medal and Royal Medal of the Royal Society, the latter for "elucidating the mechanism of reactions involving free radicals".[2] In 1995 he was made an officer of the Order of Canada.[3] He has received honorary degrees from the universities of Guelph, Mount Allison, St Andrews, Carleton, McMaster and Dalhousie.[1]

In recent years, his work has focused on radical-trapping antioxidants, vitamin E in particular, and their effect on aging and on preventing such age-related diseases as cancer.

Selected works[edit]

  • Burton GW; Joyce A; Ingold KU (15 Feb 1983). "Is vitamin E the only lipid-soluble, chain-breaking antioxidant in human blood plasma and erthrocyte membranes?". Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 221 (1): 281–290. doi:10.1016/0003-9861(83)90145-5. 
  • Burton, GW; Ingold KU (11 May 1984). "beta-Carotene: an usual type of lipid antioxidant". Science 224 (4649): 569–573. doi:10.1126/science.6710156. 
  • Burton, GW; Ingold KU (July 1986). "Vitamin E: application of the principles of physical organic chemistry to the exploration of its structure and function". Accounts of Chemical Research 19 (7): 194–201. doi:10.1021/ar00127a001. 

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