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Prof Richard Horrocks selected for Ivan Levinstein Memorial Lecture 2016

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30 Sep 2016

  • The SCI Ivan Levinstein Memorial Lecture was established in 1946, to recognise excellence in chemical research and knowledge, in particular the benefits of applying chemical research to everyday life.
  • Fourteen previous lectures have been given by such eminent scientists as: Sir Eric Rideal who spoke on Physical Chemistry in the Dyestuff Industry, Paul Karrer on Biological Significance of the Vitamins and Related Substances and Sir Alan Battersby: How Nature Builds the Pigments of Life.
  • This year Prof Richard Horrocks will give the lecture on The Role of Technical Textiles in Fire Protection and their everyday use.

On Wednesday 19 October 2016 Prof Richard Horrocks, University of Bolton will present the 15th SCI Ivan Levinstein Memorial Lecture. Prof Horrocks’ lecture will look at The Role of Technical Textiles in Fire Protection. Prof Horrocks receives the award in recognition of his work in the area of flame retardant and heat resistant fibres and textiles. Join us in Bolton, the Centre of the Northern Powerhouse, for what promises to be an enlightening lecture.

Prof Richard Horrocks
Prof Richard Horrocks is Research Professor in the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation at University of Bolton. Having achieved a BA in Chemistry from University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia, Prof Horrocks had a brief spell as a research scientist at ICI Fibres before embarking on a career in Academia in 1972. Prof Horrocks is an expert in the field of fire retardant and industrial textiles with more than 200 papers published on the subject.

Prof Horrocks is a member of SCI, where he is a founding member and Chair of the SCI Fire and Materials Group. He was also awarded an honorary Life Membership for The Textile Institute in 2006.

The Ivan Levinstein Memorial Lecture
The Ivan Levinstein Memorial Lecture is given in honour of Ivan Levinstein who was one of the
founding members of SCI and who was SCI President between 1901 and 1903. Ivan built up a dye colourant business in Manchester, which became part of ICI in 1926.

He was keen on education and was a campaigner for a municipal technical college in Manchester, which later became the Faculty of Technology at Manchester University. He also helped change the UK patent law.

The Ivan Levinstein Memorial Lecture is being delivered by SCI in partnership with the Society of Dyers and Colourists and the Textiles Institute.

Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016
Venue: University of Bolton, Bolton
Time: Reception opens at 18.00 and the lecture starts at 18.30. There will be an opportunity to meet the speaker after the lecture at a drinks and networking reception.

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