Derrick Hoare, formerly a Reader in the Chemistry Department at the University of Dundee, died suddenly in 1998 while on holiday in Bavaria. Derrick was born on March 31 1926 and attended Portsmouth Grammar School before going up to Cambridge University to read for his MA degree. He was elected a Senior Scholar of Trinity College Cambridge in 1946 and took Part II Tripos in Chemistry in 1947. After a period of service as Education Officer in the Royal Air Force he joined Professor A D Walsh at the University of Leeds where he gained his PhD in 1951 after the minimum allowed time of two years, working on the combustion of methane. He completed his scientific training by then going to Rochester, New York, in order to study the photochemistry of gases under Professor W A Noyes Jr who was the recognised pioneer and authority on this subject. With Noyes he concentrated his efforts on researching the photooxidation of acetone.
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