Harold Hartley

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Sir Harold Brewer Hartley
Born (1878-09-03)3 September 1878
London, England
Died 9 September 1972(1972-09-09) (aged 94)
Nationality British
Fields Physical chemistry, mineralogical chemistry
Institutions Balliol College, Oxford
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Doctoral advisor Sir John Conroy[1]
Doctoral students E. J. Bowen[1]
Cyril Hinshelwood
Known for "physical and mineralogical chemistry, including electrical conductivity, ionisation, and electrolytic equilibria in aqueous and non-aqueous solutions"[2]
Notable awards Hoover Medal (1968)

Sir Harold Brewer Hartley GCVO CH FRS[2] (3 September 1878 – 9 September 1972) was a British physical chemist. He moved from academia to important positions in business and industry.

He was the son of the collector and bibliophile Harold T. Hartley (1851–1943), and was educated at Dulwich College,[3] and Balliol College, Oxford. As a tutor at Balliol, he supervised the research of Edmund Bowen[1] and Cyril Hinshelwood.[4]

Hartley served in the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross. He was Bedford Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He was knighted in 1928, made KCVO in 1944, GCVO in 1957 and Companion of Honour in 1967.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May, 1926.[2] His candidacy citation read: "Distinguished for his investigations in physical and mineralogical chemistry, including electrical conductivity, ionisation, and electrolytic equilibria in aqueous and non-aqueous solutions. Has greatly contributed by his own work and that of his pupils to the building up of a notable school of physico-chemical research at Oxford. During the war and afterwards has done valuable work in connection with gas services. Acted as Chemical Adviser to the Third Army in France. Appointed Assistant Director of Gas Services, GHQ. Later appointed Controller of Chemical Warfare Department, with the rank of Brigadier-General".[5] He received the Hoover Medal in 1968.

Hartley was married in 1906 to Gertrude, eldest daughter of Arthur Lionel Smith, who was later Master of Balliol College. They had one son and one daughter.

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