Jocelyn Field Thorpe

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Jocelyn Field Thorpe
Born (1872-12-01)1 December 1872
Clapham, London, England, UK
Died 10 June 1940(1940-06-10) (aged 67)
Cooden Beach, East Sussex, England, UK
Nationality English
Known for Thorpe reaction
Notable awards Davy Medal - 1922, Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Sir Jocelyn Field Thorpe FRS[1] (1 December 1872 – 10 June 1940) was an English chemist who discovered the Thorpe reaction and the Thorpe-Ingold effect.[2][3]

Born in London on 1 December 1872, one of nine children and the sixth son, of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Thorpe of the Middle Temple. He attended Worthing College, King's College, London, and the Royal College of Science. He earned his Ph.D in organic chemistry under Victor Meyer at the Heidelberg University.[4] Britain adopted a tear gas ethyl iodoacetate, in January 1915 after it was identified by Jocelyn Thorpe, professor of organic chemistry at Imperial College, University of London, which was codenamed ‘SK’ after the South Kensington location.


He was knighted in 1939, one year before his untimely death.


He died suddenly on 10 June 1940, aged 67, at the White House, Cooden Beach, East Sussex.


  1. ^ a b Ingold, C. K. (1941). "Jocelyn Field Thorpe. 1872-1939". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 3 (10): 530–526. JSTOR 769165. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1941.0020. 
  2. ^ Stevens, H. R.; Kon, G. A. R.; Linstead, R. P.; Pinchbeck, G. (1941). "Obituary notices: George Ward Hedley, 1871?1941; Sir Jocelyn Field Thorpe, 1872?1940; Sir William Fitzthomas Wyley, 1852?1940". Journal of the Chemical Society (Resumed): 444. doi:10.1039/JR9410000444. 
  3. ^ Whiteley, M. A.; Kon, G. A. R. (1940). "Obituary". The Analyst. 65 (774): 483. doi:10.1039/AN9406500483. 
  4. ^ Armstrong, E. F. (1940). "Sir Jocelyn Thorpe, C.B.E., F.R.S". Nature. 145 (3687): 1001–1000. doi:10.1038/1451001a0.