Farewell to Henry Warson

4 Nov 2010

SCI regrets to announce that Dr Henry Warson died today in Solihull aged 93.

Dr Warson was a polymer chemist for over 60 years, with over 33 patents as inventor or co-inventor. He worked as a chemical and polymer consultant, technical author and expert witness since 1970.

A member of SCI since 1946, he was awarded a Distinguished Service Award in 2005 for his longstanding service to the Society, which included serving on a number of committees and its governing Council.

From 1966–1982, Dr Warson was a committee member of the Plastics and Polymer Group, which became the Macromolecular Group, and was the group treasurer for several years. He was responsible for organising several one-day symposia, on subjects including PVC, and a visit to research institutions in Israel in 1968.

Dr Warson was also active in the West Midlands Regional Group for many years. He was the Chairman from 1979–1981 and organised a two-day symposium on biopolymers.

He then joined the London Regional Group and organised several events, including a 'Chemistry and Music from America' evening. He received a BSc in Chemistry from Queen Mary College, London, and a PhD from Battersea College of Technology in London on 'Redox polymerisation of acrylonitrile with diazonium salt/hypophosphorus acid initiation'.

Dr Warson worked for Vinyl Products, before becoming Technical Manager, Polymers, for Dunlop's chemical products division. Since 1970 he was a chemical consultant and expert witness.

He wrote and edited several books, many in the field of emulsion polymerisation.

  • Condolence messages may be sent to his daughter:

    Mrs Ruthanne Sireling
    70 Highfield Avenue
    Golders Green
    London NW11 9TY

    or to

    Solihull and District Hebrew Congregation (SDHC)
    3 Monastery Drive
    West Midlands B91 1DW
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