Elected F.R.S. 1970
Colin Eaborn was a distinguished chemist, best known for his wide–ranging contributions to organosilicon chemistry. His 566 publications, published over a 56–year period, covered a broad area that included physical organic chemistry, organometallic compounds generally, and coordination chemistry. He was a founding professor at the new University of Sussex and exercised considerable influence on the development of university education in chemistry during the big expansion of the 1960s. He served on a number of public committees, including the Council of the Royal Society from 1978 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989, and, as an editor of the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, played an important part in setting high standards of presentation and clarity in the chemical literature.