Keith Usherwood Ingold

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Keith Usherwood Ingold
Born (1929-05-31) 31 May 1929 (age 91)
NationalityUnited Kingdom/Canada
Alma materUniversity of London
University of Oxford
Known forResearch into the mechanisms of free radicals
AwardsPetroleum Chemistry Award (1968)
Tory Medal (1985)
Linus Pauling Award (1988)
Davy Medal (1990)
Royal Medal (2000)
Scientific career
FieldsChemical synthesis
InstitutionsNational Research Council

Keith Usherwood Ingold, OC FRS FRSC FRSE (born 31 May 1929) is a British chemist.

He was born to Sir Christopher Ingold and Dr. Hilda Usherwood, and studied for a BSc in Chemistry at the University of London, completing his degree in 1949. He continued his higher education with a PhD in chemistry at Oxford University, which he completed in 1951. Soon after graduation he moved to Canada to begin work with the National Research Council, followed by two years of post-doctoral research at the University of British Columbia.[1] He returned to work for the NRC in 1955 as a research officer, followed by a promotion to head of the Free Radical Chemistry Section. He was awarded the 1968 Petroleum Chemistry Award, the 1988 Linus Pauling Award, and both the Davy Medal and Royal Medal of the Royal Society, the latter for "elucidating the mechanism of reactions involving free radicals".[2] In 1995 he was made an officer of the Order of Canada.[3] He has received honorary degrees from the universities of Guelph, Mount Allison, St Andrews, Carleton, McMaster and Dalhousie.[1]

In recent years, his work has focused on radical-trapping antioxidants, vitamin E in particular, and their effect on aging and on preventing such age-related diseases as cancer.

Selected works[edit]

  • Burton GW; Joyce A; Ingold KU (15 February 1983). "Is vitamin E the only lipid-soluble, chain-breaking antioxidant in human blood plasma and erythrocyte membranes?". Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 221 (1): 281–290. doi:10.1016/0003-9861(83)90145-5. PMID 6830261.
  • Burton, GW; Ingold KU (11 May 1984). "beta-Carotene: an unusual type of lipid antioxidant". Science. 224 (4649): 569–573. Bibcode:1984Sci...224..569B. doi:10.1126/science.6710156. PMID 6710156.
  • Burton, GW; Ingold KU (July 1986). "Vitamin E: application of the principles of physical organic chemistry to the exploration of its structure and function". Accounts of Chemical Research. 19 (7): 194–201. doi:10.1021/ar00127a001.


  1. ^ a b "MSU Chemistry - Max T Rogers Lectureship". Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Royal Recent winners". Retrieved 16 November 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Order of Canada citation