Elected F.R.S. 1950
Maurice Stacey was a remarkable man who had a fulfilling and varied life. His contributions to chemistry were substantial and brought him international renown. Throughout his career he had an abiding passion to unravel the intricate processes of nature and to strengthen the scientific basis of medicine and agriculture. He succeeded in bridging the areas of organic and biological chemistry at a time when the latter was a relatively young science. But his influence on British science extended well beyond his own research, as he participated in the management of science through his service on governmental committees and the Councils of the Scientific Societies.
Stacey was not a scientist whose success is achieved by a single-mindedness of purpose to the exclusion of all else. He was a polymath, and, besides science, was involved in many other pursuits, which led to him being well-known and respected beyond the chemical fraternity. He inspired his students, both the high-flyers and the less gifted, and imparted to them his broad understanding of science. The first and lasting impression of Maurice Stacey was of someone who had a warmth of spirit and who caught the imagination.