Keith Burton

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Dr William Keith Burton FRSE (12 October 1922 – 30 December 1996) was English electrical engineer and theoretical physicist[1] 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.[2]



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[4]

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.

He died at home, 11 Montrose Terrace, Milngavie near Glasgow on 30 December 1996.