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Ronald Mason

Ronald Mason

Sir Ronald Mason KCB FRS


Elected: 1975


Ronald Mason was a scientist distinguished for his contributions to the field of organometallic chemistry, and in particular the study of bonds that form between metals and organic compounds. His work substantially improved our understanding of the structure and formation of these bonds, an area critical to the development of new and improved chemical catalysts.

Guided by an interest in the biological significance of chemical interactions, he also helped to resolve important questions surrounding the structural properties of enzymes and ferredoxins — a family of proteins that facilitate key metabolic processes.

Ronald’s unique combination of scientific and medical expertise made him a highly sought after technical advisor, and he served for many years as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Defence. Appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1980, he would later become the first Chairman of the University College Hospital NHS Trust.

Sir Ronald Mason KCB FRS died on 11 October 2021.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, inorganic
  • Other
    • History of science
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