Peter Jaffrey Wheatley

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Peter Jaffrey Wheatley (1921 in Cheshire – 12 May 1997) was a British chemist, who published over 100 papers and 5 books on physical chemistry, crystallography and structural chemistry.

Early years[edit]

Wheatley was born in 1921. He was educated at King Edward VII School (photo) in Sheffield, where he was Head Prefect in 1938/1940, Captain of cricket for 2 years and 1st XI footballer for 4; and The Queen's College, Oxford, where he obtained a First in Chemistry, followed by a D.Phil as a Junior Research Fellow at Merton, working with Jack Linnett.[1]


  • 1940-45 Joined the Royal Artillery as Bombardier; captured at the fall of Singapore, prisoner-of-war interned in Malaya.[2]
  • 1946 Returned to Oxford as undergraduate
  • 1948 Junior Research Fellow at Merton
  • 1950 Lectureship in Chemistry at University of Leeds
  • 1957 Monsanto in Zurich
  • 1966 Visiting Professor at Tucson
  • 1967 Lectureship in Physical Chemistry; elected to a Fellowship at Queens' College, Cambridge


  • Determination of Molecular Structure,Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1959.
  • Chemical Consequences of Nuclear Spin, North-Holland Publishing Company, 1970.


  1. ^ "Peter Jaffrey Wheatley - Queens College Cambridge". Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Peter Wheatley (1921 - 1997)". IUCr. 1997-05-12. Retrieved 2010-04-08.