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John Knox

John Knox

Professor John Knox FRS


Elected: 1984


John Knox has made distinguished contributions to the fields of reaction kinetics and chromatography. As early as 1955, John pioneered the application of gas chromatography to gas kinetics and subsequently made significant contributions to the elucidation of the mechanism of the slow combustion of hydrocarbons and of the role of vibrationally excited free radicals in the chlorination of olefins. From 1964, he initiated new work on band-spreading mechanisms in chromatography, which had an important effect on the development of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) over the next decade. Subsequently, he made further contributions, both theoretical and experimental to the understanding and improvement of HPLC techniques and, supported by a substantial grant from the Wolfson Foundation, stimulated industrial developments in this field.

Professor John Knox FRS died on 15 October 2018.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, physical
  • Biochemistry and molecular cell biology
    • Biochemistry and molecular biology
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