</P>Professor Gerald Scott, a distinguished organic polymer chemist and a world leading authority in the chemistry of polymer stabilisation and degradation, passed away peacefully in hospital on December 8 2013. His death marks almost the end of an era of the visionaries who transformed the industrial art of preservation of natural and synthetic materials into an enterprising science-based discipline which underpins industrial and academic activities and achievements in the areas of degradation, stabilisation and modification of polymers.</P>Gerald was born in the north of England where he attended Stockton Grammar School. Following graduation in 1943, he joined ICI and left a few years later to study chemistry at Balliol College, Oxford. Having married Gwen, he returned in 1952 to ICI - the Dyestuffs Division - and in 1960 he was appointed head of the Polymers Auxiliaries Section. His noteworthy success and rapid rise in industrial R & D continued and in 1965 he became head of the Works Research and Development Department, Dyestuffs Division of ICI in Grangemouth, Scotland.</P>With a very high quality university education and a broad and accomplished background in industrial research and development, Gerald chose in 1967 to accept a Chair in Chemistry at Aston University,
Polymer Degradation and Stability – Elsevier
Published: Apr 1, 2014
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