12: Modern Structural Inorganic Chemistry (1958)


  • Arthur David Wadsley Minerals Utilization Section, Chemical Research Laboratories CSIRO


Liversidge Research Lecture delivered before the Royal Society of N.S.W., 29th July, 1958. Reproduced by permission of the Royal Society of New South Wales from J. Proc Roy. Soc. N.S.W., 1958, 92, 25-35.

"In the solid state chemistry is three-dimensional, and structural chemistry is concerned primarily with the arrangements of atoms, their motions relative to one another and the forces which exist between them. It deals with organization rather than with transient phenomena. Two ideas represent turning points in the history of chemistry, and it is significant that in each the third dimension was introduced."

Author Biography

Arthur David Wadsley, Minerals Utilization Section, Chemical Research Laboratories CSIRO


In Arthur David (David) Wadsley’s Liversidge Lecture in 1958, he expounded his research into crystallographic-shear structures, and is now credited with making the only major advancement in the field of non-stoichiometric compounds in 30 years. Wadsley completed his studies at the University of Tasmania, and went on to become Assistant Chief of his division at the CSIRO and sadly died in 1969, at the height of his career.


For additional biographical information, photographic permissions, references and a list of honours, awards and publications, please see pages 2–5 of the transcript.


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Arthur David Wadsley portrait