He was born in Hinckley in central England on 10 November 1907, the son of Albert Henry Percival (1877-1959) and his wife, Elizabeth Martha Whittaker (1879-1949). He was educated at King Edward VII Grammar School at Coalville and studied Chemistry at Birmingham University, graduating BSc in 1928 with first class honours. After a year at McGill University in Canada (1929/30) under Prof Harold Hibbert, then further research in Birmingham with Sir Norman Haworth where he was his senior research assistant, he gained his first doctorate (PhD) in 1932.
He began lecturing at Edinburgh University in 1933 receiving a second doctorate (DSc) in 1938. In 1941 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were James Pickering Kendall, John Edwin MacKenzie, Thomas Robert Bolam and David Bain.
He was an ARP warden during the 1939-45 war.
He became a Reader in Chemistry in 1948
He died in Edinburgh on 27 September 1951 aged only 43. He is buried in Liberton Cemetery, Edinburgh, along with his grandmother.
- Structural Carbohydrate Chemistry (1950, 1962)
They had one son and one daughter.
- Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry vol 10
- Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
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