The College is saddened to note the death of Sir Rex Richard FRS, FRSC, FBA on 15 July 2019, aged 96.
Sir Rex was Fellow in Chemistry at Lincoln from 1947 to 1964, before going on to become Warden of Merton (1969-84) and then Vice Chancellor of the University (1977-81). Sir Rex was elected as Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College in 1968 and was Director of the Leverhulme Trust from 1984 to 1993.
Sir Rex was described by the Royal Society as ‘a distinguished chemist who pioneered the early use of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to determine the molecular structure of various compounds. A leading figure in the design and development of NMR equipment, he contributed to the technique’s adoption in a wide variety of scientific disciplines’. Sir Rex was awarded a knighthood in 1977 for services to NMR spectroscopy.