Victor Gold (chemist)

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Victor Gold FRS FRSC[1] (29 June 1922 – 29 September 1985) was a chemist who served on the faculty of King's College, London.[2]

Gold was born in Vienna, the son of lawyer Oscar Gold and his first wife, the former Emmy Kopperl. He was raised primarily by his mother.[1] He was educated at King's College London and University College London.[3] He became a Professor at King's College London in 1964 and Head of the chemisty department in 1971.[4]

Gold's specialty was physical organic chemistry. His research focused on the kinetics of organic chemical reactions.[4] He established the Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry publication series in 1963 and edited it for many years.[5]

He initiated the development of the IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology, which is published with a gold-colored cover and is known as the "Gold Book" in recognition of his work as its first author and compiler.[6][7]

Gold was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1972.[1]


  • pH Measurements: Their Theory and Practice, Metheun & Co., London, 1956.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Albery, W. J. (1987). "Victor Gold. 29 June 1922-29 September 1985". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 33: 262–288. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1987.0010. JSTOR 769953. 
  2. ^ Carsten Reinhardt (2001), Chemical sciences in the 20th century, page 20. Wiley-VCH, ISBN 3-527-30271-9, ISBN 978-3-527-30271-0
  3. ^ ‘GOLD, Prof. Victor’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
  4. ^ a b Colin Archibald Russell and Gerrylynn K. Roberts (2005) Chemical history: reviews of the recent literature, Royal Society of Chemistry, ISBN 0-85404-464-7, ISBN 978-0-85404-464-1
  5. ^ Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry, Google Books website
  6. ^ IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  7. ^ From the Editor, Chemistry International, Vol. 28 No. 6, November–December 2006