Ronald Norrish dies in Cambridge (UK).
In 1915, he obtains a scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge in Natural Science. After military service, he returns in 1919 to continue his studies.
In 1916, he leaves with a commission in the Royal Field Artillery for service in France.
Ronald Norrish shares the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Manfred Eigen and George Porter “for their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions, effected by disturbing the equilibrium by means of very short pulses of energy”.
Norrish becomes a Demonstrator at Emmanuel College in 1925, and Professor in 1937. During World War II, while continuing to teach and direct the Department of Physical Chemistry, Norrish does research in connection with various government committees. After the war, he starts working on short lived transients in chemical reactions, leading to the development of Flash Photolysis and Kinetic Spectroscopy, techniques for studying chemical reactions. He retires in 1965.
Ronald George Wreyford Norrish is born in Cambridge (UK).
He is made prisoner of war in March 1918 and spends the rest of the war in Germany.
Norrish spends his early years at the local Board school, then obtains a scholarship to the Perse Grammar School in 1910.
Norrish marries Annie Smith, a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education in the University of Wales in Cardiff. They have two daughters. Much of their time is spent travelling.