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Peter Jaffrey Wheatley (1921 in Cheshire – 12 May, 1997) was a British chemist, who published over 100 papers and 5 books on physical chemistry, crystallography and structural chemistry.

Early years

Wheatley was born in 1921. He was educated at King Edward VII School (photo) in Sheffield, where he was Head Prefect in 1938/1940, Captain of cricket for 2 years and 1st XI footballer for 4; and The Queen's College, Oxford, where he obtained a First in Chemistry, followed by a D.Phil as a Junior Research Fellow at Merton, working with Jack Linnett.[1]

* 1940-45 Joined the Royal Artillery as Bombardier; captured at the fall of Singapore, prisoner-of-war interned in Malaya.[2]
* 1946 Returned to Oxford as undergraduate
* 1948 Junior Research Fellow at Merton
* 1950 Lectureship in Chemistry at University of Leeds
* 1957 Monsanto in Zurich
* 1966 Visiting Professor at Tucson
* 1967 Lectureship in Physical Chemistry; elected to a Fellowship at Queens' College, Cambridge


* Determination of Molecular Structure,Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1959.
* Chemical Consequences of Nuclear Spin, North-Holland Publishing Company, 1970.


1. ^ "Peter Jaffrey Wheatley - Queens College Cambridge". Queens.cam.ac.uk. http://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-archive/record-1998-edition/peter-jaffrey-wheatley. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
2. ^ "Peter Wheatley (1921 - 1997)". IUCr. 1997-05-12. http://www.iucr.org/people/crystallographers/peter-wheatley-1921---1997. Retrieved 2010-04-08.

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