Patrick Linstead

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Patrick Linstead
Reginald Patrick Linstead

(1902-08-28)28 August 1902
Died22 September 1966(1966-09-22) (aged 64)
Alma materImperial College London[citation needed]
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Sheffield
Harvard University

Sir (Reginald) Patrick Linstead CBE, DSc, HonDSc, DIC, HonFCGI, HonMIMM, FRS (28 August 1902, in London – 22 September 1966, in London) was an English chemist.[2]


Patrick Linstead attended City of London School and Imperial College London.[citation needed]


In 1938, Linstead was appointed Firth Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. The following year, he was appointed professor of organic chemistry at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

In World War II, he worked on military research, studying explosives and metals.

After several further academic appointments, he later became the Rector of Imperial College.[3]

Linstead was a pioneer in the chemistry of phthalocyanines[4] and studied allylic tautomerism.

Linstead Hall at Imperial College is named in his honour.[5] He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1940.[1] He was also a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was knighted in 1959.

Personal life[edit]

In 1930, Linstead married Aileen Edith Ellis Rowland, daughter of a fellow researcher at Imperial College. Aileen died in 1938 giving birth to the couple's only daughter. Linstead remarried in 1942 to Marjorie Walters of Aberdare, Wales. She held a doctorate from Oxford University, and later took a position as principal of Lady Spencer-Churchill College, a teacher training college near Oxford.


  1. ^ a b Barton, D. H. R.; Rydon, H. N.; Elvidge, J. A. (1968). "Reginald Patrick Linstead 1902-1966". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 14: 308. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1968.0014.
  2. ^ Reginald Patrick Linstead, HowStuffWorks.
  3. ^ Sir Patrick Linstead, CBE, DSC, HONDSC, DIC, HONFCGI, HONMIMM, FRS: Rector 1954–66 Archived 2011-06-16 at the Wayback Machine, Imperial College London
  4. ^ Patrick Linstead: Phthalocyanine (video), Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London,
  5. ^ Linstead Hall, Imperial College London

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Roderic Hill
Rector of Imperial College London
Succeeded by
Owen Saunders