Kenneth Wade

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Kenneth Wade FRSC FRS
Kenneth Wade.jpg
Born(1932-10-13)13 October 1932
Died16 March 2014(2014-03-16) (aged 81)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham
Known forPolyhedral skeletal electron pair theory
AwardsLudwig Mond Award (1999)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDurham University
Doctoral advisorNorman Greenwood

Kenneth Wade, FRSC FRS (1932–2014) was a British chemist, and professor emeritus at Durham University.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kenneth Wade was born in Sleaford on 13 October 1932, the second son of Harry Kennington Wade and his wife, Anna Elizabeth Wade. He was educated at Carre's Grammar School,[2] and graduated from the University of Nottingham as the first PhD student (1954–1957) of Norman Greenwood,[3][4] and Cornell University.[5]


After spending two years as a post-doctoral student at the University of Cambridge and two further years lecturing successively at Cornell University and Derby College of Technology, in 1961 Wade became a Lecturer at Durham University. In 1971, he was appointed Senior Lecturer and was promoted to Reader in 1977. Between 1983 and 1998, he was Professor of Chemistry at the university and served, between 1986 and 1989, as Chairman of its Department of Chemistry.[2]

Wade's Rules, also known as Polyhedral skeletal electron pair theory, are a set of electron counting rules to predict the shapes of borane clusters.[6][7]



  1. ^ Department of Chemistry (2013-09-09). "Prof. K Wade - Durham University". Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Wade, Prof. Kenneth", Who's Who (online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2007). Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ Kenneth Wade (May 21, 2009). "Harry Julius Emeleus (1903 - 1993)" (PDF). Chemistry Academic Genealogy. University of Notre Dame, Chemistry/Physics Library. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  4. ^ Johnson, Brian (25 November 2011). "Norman Greenwood tells his life story (May 2011)". Web of Stories. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  5. ^ The International Who's Who 2004, Europa Publications
  6. ^ "Wade's Rules". 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  7. ^ "Wade's Rules - Periodic Table of Videos". Periodic Videos. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-04-10.

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