20 October 2015
SCI Liverpool and North West Group
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Amongst the many eminent scientists associated with the SCI Liverpool region was Dr Ferdinand Hurter. Employed in Widnes at the Gaskell-Deacon Works Dr Hurter worked on an economic process for manufacturing chlorine on a large scale. He was one of the first to apply science to what at the time was considered alchemy. After his death in 1898, his friends wanted to establish something tangible to perpetuate his memory. Through SCI a trust was set up to endow a lecture in his honour. The lecture has occurred regularly in the North West region ever since. More information about Dr Hurter can be found here.
For this year we have chosen Prifysgol Bangor University as the venue, as Bangor is a leading scientific University in the North of the UK and is a strong supporter of SCI. The topic of the Hurter Lecture is 'Chemistry in vacuo; Suck it and See'. It will be given by Prof Peter Licence, and promises to be both entertaining and informative. Prof Licence obtained his BSc and PhD at Prifysgol Bangor University and is currently Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and is Director of the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory, Faculty of Science.
Attending the lecture and dinner will be final year Chemistry and PhD students, senior academics from the University, industrialists from chemical and other scientific companies who are members of SCI and some local policy makers. The evening will also include SCI LNW's annual prize-giving.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 598 1584
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