He was educated at Stockport Grammar School and the University of Birmingham. Moving to the University of Cambridge he rose to Assistant Director of Research, before becoming Professor of Chemistry and Principal of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
He died on 13 October 2016 at the age of 91.
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