Ronnie Bell

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Ronnie Bell
Born 1907
United Kingdom
Died 9 January 1996
Nationality British
Fields Physical chemistry
Institutions Balliol College, Oxford, University of Stirling
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Doctoral students John Albery
Known for Physicochemical methods
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Ronald Percy "Ronnie" Bell FRS[1] (1907 – 9 January 1996) was a British chemist who worked in the Physical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford, England.

Bell worked in the laboratory of the Danish physical chemist Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted from 1928 to 1932. Later, he was particularly active in Oxford with his research group between 1945 and 1967. He was a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford (where he had previously been a student) from 1933 to 1967, when he was appointed an honorary fellow on his move to become Professor of Chemistry at the newly founded University of Stirling in Scotland.[2] Bell could be called by the hybrid term, a "physical organic chemist", since he investigated the use of physicochemical methods to discover the mechanisms of organic reactions. He was a colleague of Edmund Bowen.[3]

He is the author of The Proton in Chemistry[4] dealing with acid-base reactions. The second edition (1973) has been reviewed as giving a comprehensive coverage of proton transfer-equilibrium, kinetics, catalysis, structural and solvent effects, and reaction mechanism, all within 300 pages.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Cox, B. G.; Jones, J. H. (2001). "Ronald Percy Bell. 24 November 1907 -- 9 January 1996: Elected F.R.S. 1944". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 47: 19. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2001.0002. JSTOR 770354.  edit
  2. ^ "Bell, Ronald Percy". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Bell, R. P. (1981). "Edmund John Bowen. 29 April 1898-19 November 1980". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 27: 83–26. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1981.0004. JSTOR 769866.  edit
  4. ^ (Cornell University Press, 1st ed. 1959, 2nd ed. 1973)
  5. ^ The Proton in Chemistry. Second Edition Review by Ernest Grunwald, Journal of Chemical Education (1975) vol.52, p.A132

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