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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2012)

Professor William Basil Whalley (1916-2002)

Professor Harkishan Singh

Abstract: Professor William Basil Whalley joined the School of Pharmacy of the University of London in October 1961 as Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He succeeded Professor WH Linnell. I was a research associate with Professor Whalley for an academic year.

 
Introduction: This account of Professor Whalley is largely based on material sourced from Profesor Whalley,1 his Royal Institute of Chemistry file,2 and the lecture he delivered at the Royal College of Physicians.3
By the time Whalley joined the School of Pharmacy, he had established himself as a competent organic and industrial chemist. He was on the faculty of the University of Liverpool as a lecturer (1946-52), senior lecturer (1952-57) and reader (1957-61). He had been drafted into the Government Chemical Service (1940-47), partly working at I.C.I. Ltd (1941-45), and was successively a member of and in charge of the Fire Fighting Service Group and Chemical Warfare Detection Group based on the University area of Liverpool (1940-57). He spent his sabbatical at Smith, Kline and French, Philadelphia (1952).
Basil was born on 17 December 1916 at Wallasey, Cheshire. His general education was at a local private school (1923-27) and St Edward College, Liverpool (1927-35). He obtained his BSc degree from the University of Liverpool (1938), where he stayed on to work for his PhD (1938-40) under Professor A. Robertson. In 1939 he was elected to associateship of the Institute of Chemistry, which later became the Royal Institute of Chemistry (1944), and was elected to the royal institute in 1950. Dr Whalley earned his
DSc from the University of Liverpool in 1952, for which Sir Robert Robinson was the external examiner. Professor Whalley said about himself in a lecture:3

 

 

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