The first serious applications were in triterpenoid chemistry.
X-Ray crystallography is nowadays an accurate and rapid method of determining conformation in the crystal lattice, which conformation usually corresponds to the preferred conformation in solution.
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|Birth:||8th September, 1918|
|Death:||16th March, 1998|
Derek Harold Richard Barton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England. He was an English organic chemist and Nobel Prize laureate for 1969. In 1938 he entered Imperial College London, where he graduated in 1940 and obtained his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry in 1942. During 1949 and 1950 he was Visiting Lecturer in Natural Products Chemistry at Harvard University, and was then appointed Reader in Organic Chemistry and, in 1953, Professor at Birkbeck College. In 1986 he Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University and held this position for 12 years until his death. In 1996, Professor Barton published a comprehensive volume of his works, entitled Reason and Imagination: Reflections on Research in Organic Chemistry.
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