W.J. Orville-Thomas

W.J. Orville-Thomas

iX W. J. Orville-Thomas W.J. Orville-Thomas, Professor Emeritus at the University of Salford, was born on 13 October 1921. During the war he served i...

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W. J. Orville-Thomas W.J. Orville-Thomas, Professor Emeritus at the University of Salford, was born on 13 October 1921. During the war he served in the Middle East as a volunteer in the Royal Signals. Professor Orville-Thomas occupied the Chair of Physical Chemistry at the University of Salford from 1 April 1966. He was educated at U.C.W., Aberystwyth @SC. 1948, Ph.D. 1950, D.Sc. 1959), Freiburg University, F.R.G., and Duke University, U.S.A. In addition he has been visiting Professor at the C.N.R.S., Paris, the Weizmann Institute, Israel, I.I.S., Bangalore, India, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Buenos Aires University, Argentina, and Sao Paul0 University, Brazil. He has been invited to lecture by Universities and Research Institutes in 45 countries - his most recent visits being China (1985), India (1984)) South Africa (1984)) Brazil (1983) and Japan (1980). His research interests have centred on the nature of chemical bonds in isolated molecules and on molecular interactions. This work has led to the publication of over 200 papers and 14 books, and attracted 36 post-doctoral associates who come from many countries, in particular those of Eastern Europe. This output has ensured an international reputation as a spectroscopist and theoretician. His merit has been recognised by the award of the “Medal of Recognition” of the Rijksuniversitair Centrum, Antwerp, Belgium. This medal has only been awarded three times and Orville-Thomas was the first foreigner to be so honoured. Other awards include the Marin Drinov Gold Medal of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and D.Sc. (honoris causa) of Wroclaw University, Poland. The European Congress of Molecular Spectroscopy (EUCMOS) is the most important international conference of its kind. Since 1949 this biennial event has attracted the cream of the world’s spectroscopists. Orville-Thomas has been an invited speaker since 1951, and he is currently President of the International Committee. On coming to Salford he founded two international journals. To date he has edited 132 volumes of the Journal of Molecular Structure, 49 volumes of the Journal of Molecular Structure, THEOCHEM - with I.G. Csizmadia as coeditor, and 40 volumes of the Journal of Molecular Liquids. We have great pleasure in dedicating this Special Issue of the Journal of Molecular Structure to its founding editor, who has contributed so much to molecular spectroscopy and structure. A.J. BARNES C.N.R. RAO H. RATAJCZAK