Elected F.R.S. 1960
Lord Porter of Luddenham was the creator of flash photolysis and a world leader in the study of rapid chemical and biological processes. During his career at Cambridge, Sheffield, the Royal Institution and Imperial College, London, he saw time resolution improve by 12 orders of magnitude to reveal the very fastest events in chemistry and photobiology. He made extraordinary contributions to the public understanding of science and campaigned tirelessly for the public funding of scientific research, for human rights of dissident scientists, and for improvements in the British education system.