Derek Nonhebel was an organic chemist who spent almost all his entire academic career, until his retirement in 1999, at the University of Strathclyde. He graduated in chemistry at Kings College, University of London with first class honours in 1954 before moving to Oxford University on a Salter Fellowship leaving with a DPhil in 1957. He moved to the United States (State University of Iowa) on a Fulbright Scholarship before returning to the UK to join ICI as a Technical Officer. In 1959 his Strathclyde career began when he was appointed a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, ultimately promoted to Reader in 1979. He was elected FRSC in 1985. Even after he officially retired from the University he continued there as International Visiting Professor and Academic Consultant. For his extensive work on free radicals he was awarded a DSc degree by the University of London in 1993. Derek’s activities in University administration included a period as Vice Dean for the Faculty of Science from 1995 to 1999; he was also a long term elected member of the University Senate and Court.
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