Elected: 1968
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Professor Ronald Percy Bell FRSE
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Ronnie Bell was a small quiet man always seen in a characteristic pair of wire spectacles often matched by a sizeable Havana; he was a most distinguished physical chemist and scientist. Born 24th November 1907 he attended Maidenhead County Boys’ School before going up to Balliol to read Chemistry in 1924. After graduating in 1928, taking the Gibbs Prize for the best performance in Finals, he moved to Copenhagen, working with J N Bronsted before returning to Balliol as a Fellow in 1933. He then spent more than thirty years at Balliol, firstly as Fellow then as Tutor for Admissions, Senior Fellow and Vice-Master.