Keith Ingold awarded gold medal

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Keith Ingold awarded a gold medal

Dr. Keith Ingold one of Honey Gables’ earliest residents, has recently been awarded a gold medal

One of our neighbours, indeed one of Honey Gables’ earliest residents, has recently been awarded the British Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sir Derek Barton 2016 Gold Medal in recognition of his “fundamental contributions to the understanding of free radical chemistry”.




Dr. Keith Ingold, whose lengthy career with Canada’s National Research Council continues on a part-time basis, was in London this past week to receive the award in the company of his daughter Diana Pratt, also of Honey Gables, and his sister Dilys of deepest, darkest Sussex in Great Britain. A brief biography, one prepared by the Royal Society with Dr. Ingold’s input, and a photo taken at the event are set out below

Keith Ingold was born in 1929 in Leeds to two very distinguished research chemists, Edith Hilda (Usherwood) Ingold and Christopher Kelk Ingold. Having no desire to play cricket for Yorkshire, or anywhere else, he fussed in his crib until his parents gave in and the family moved to London. He was then about one year old. Between the ages of 10 and 17, Keith attended at least seven different schools – wartime disruptions rather than (well-deserved) expulsions.


From high school he moved to University College London, graduating with a BSc (Hon Chem) in 1949. Two years at Oxford provided a shining new DPhil which allowed him to immigrate to Canada in 1951 and start his career at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). After four years of post-doctoral work (Ottawa and Vancouver) he accepted a position in the NRC’s Division of Applied Chemistry. He retired (sort of) from the NRC on his 81st birthday.