The new Ted Adlard award is now within the awards section.
The Ted Adlard Industrial Bursary Award is given by the Chromatographic society to support up and coming scientists working for SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) in industry. It is named after the great Ted Adlard was one of the world’s greatest separation scientists. Initial funding for this award was supplied by the now defunct PASG.
Edward (Ted) Radcliffe Adlard was born in Liverpool on December 5th 1927. He attended a grammar school in Liverpool. His physics master at the school had carried out research under Dr. G. A. Shakespear at Birmingham University, who had designed a thermal conductivity detector in 1916 for monitoring hydrogen leaks from military balloons so that, by the time he was 17, Ted had sufficient knowledge of such devices to serve him in good stead for many years to come.
On leaving school Ted went into the Army where he attained the rank of sergeant after which he went to Liverpool University and ended up with two degrees – a Pass Degree in Physics and an Honours Degree in Organic Chemistry. He subsequently secured employment at one of Shell, specifically the Thornton Research Centre , which employed about 1000 people from all disciplines. As with many large UK industries at that time, the level of research undertaken meant that it could almost be considered a university. Ted started his career at Thornton as a member of an organic synthesis group and was given the task of preparing ferrocene. His efforts in this direction resulted in him being nicknamed “Prometheus” but his successful attempts to purify the tarry products by liquid chromatography led management to decide that he would be an ideal candidate to work on the new technique of gas chromatography.
His academic publications cover nearly all aspects of GC from fundamental studies on solution theory, petroleum analysis, detectors to environmental studies. Working in industry has meant that a majority of the research undertaken by Ted has never been published, and he himself has relatively few publications. However, there can be no doubt about his influence on many people and his behind-the-scenes activities have made an outstanding contribution to the chromatography world.
He joined the Gas Chromatography Discussion Group, later to be called the Chromatographic Society, at its inception. In 1961, at the invitation of Howard Purnell, he joined the Executive Committee and has held many different offices including, Secretary, Vice-chairman, Chairman (twice), Editor of the Abstracts and, Programme Secretary. It was under his firm leadership as Chairman in 1972 that the Group became an independent organisation at a time when its future existence was in danger. He is a Life Member of the Chromatographic Society, a Martin Medal holder and a holder of the Tswett Medal of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Ted is an incredible scientist and the Ted Adlard Industrial Bursary Award is a fitting tribute to him and his service to the field of chromatography.