Dr William Keith Burton FRSE (12 October 1922 – 30 December 1996) was English electrical engineer and theoretical physicist notable, according to American physical chemist Robert Alberty, for the publication of his 1957 thermodynamics tables, the first-ever free energy tables for biochemical reactions.
He was born in Manchester and attended Manchester Grammar School prior to studying Electrical Engineering at Manchester College of Technology. After graduating he gained a job with GEC at first Heywood then Wembley
From 1945 until 1951 he was employed as a theoretical physicist with ICI Ltd, being seconded to Bristol university for the final 4 years, lecturing under Nevill Francis Mott and Herbert Fröhlich. From 1951 onwards he lectured in Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1958.
- Wyllie, George. "William Keith Burton" (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
- Alberty, Robert A. (2003). Thermodynamics of Biochemical Reactions. John Wiley and Sons. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-471-22851-6.