Elected: 1972
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Peter Arthur Harris Wyatt FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of St Andrews.

Peter Wyatt was born in West Ealing on the 31st October 1924 to Arthur Samuel and Ivy Harriet Wyatt. He was their second child (and second son) and the birth of a daughter and a third son completed the family. From primary schooling in Sudbury, Middlesex, he entered Haberdashers’ Ashe’s Hampstead School in 1936 as a Foundation Scholar. His initial career intention was to become a biologist and his Higher School Certificate subjects were Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Physics. The offer of a wartime State Bursary in Chemistry at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth was accepted and he later described himself as ‘brought up in the suburbs of London and exported to Wales in 1942’. His 1st year subjects were Chemistry, Physics and Botany, followed in the 2nd year with Chemistry and Botany. The 3rd year was the Chemistry Honours course under the direction of Professor C W Davies. Peter graduated BSc with first class honours in June 1945. He then began postgraduate research into Ion Pairing and Reaction Rates supervised by Professor C W Davies and graduated PhD (Wales) in 1948. During his undergraduate years his interests in mathematics required for physics led him to ‘work hard with many books to teach myself a good deal of higher mathematics’.