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Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Professor Ian Smith FRS


Elected: 1995


Ian Smith made outstanding contributions to the understanding of molecular processes by his wide-ranging studies of gas-phase chemical kinetics, molecular reaction dynamics and energy transfer. He was been among the first to exploit and develop new spectroscopic techniques and combinations of techniques to measure rate and state-to-state data for elementary processes. Not only could he claim a number of valuable theoretical contributions himself, but his choice of systems for experimental study and the interpretation of the results display insight into the fundamental nature of molecular processes and what determines their dynamics.

Professor Ian Smith FRS died on 8 November 2016.

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Subject groups

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, physical
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