14: Nucleic Acids, Their Structure and Function (1962)


  • Denis Oswald Jordan Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide


Liversidge Research Lecture delivered on 19 June, 1962. Reproduced by permission of the Royal Society of New South Wales from J. Proc. Roy. Soc. N.S.W., 1962-3, 96, 39-46.

"The development of our knowledge of the nucleic acids over the last two decades affords almost a perfect example of how the parallel contributions of organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, biology and genetics can contribute to the solution of a single problem."

Author Biography

Denis Oswald Jordan, Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide

Denis Oswald Jordan was educated in England, lectured at University College, Nottingham, and served as a Member of the Senate of the University of Nottingham. He became the first Chair of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry at the University of Adelaide in 1954, and continued to work in Australia for the remainder of his life. Jordan was the first recipient of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Polymer Medal, which since his death in 1982 has been named the Jordan Medal.


For additional biographical information, photographic permissions, references and a list of honours, awards and publications, please see pages 2–4 of the transcript.


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Portrait of Denis Oswald Jordan.