Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre portrait

13: Applications in Chemistry of Properties Involving Molecular Polarisability (1960)

Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre

Abstract


Liversidge Research Lecture delivered before the Royal Society of New South Wales, October 13th, 1960. Reproduced by permission of the Royal Society of New South Wales from J. Proc. Roy. Soc. N.S.W., 1961, 95, 1-11.

"As a young organic chemist in England during the late 1920's, I saw and heard a great deal of the then developing theoretical approaches to reactivity and reaction mechanism..."

"Much less was known of the "tautomeric" or "inductomeric" polarisability effects; accordingly, a few years before the last war, my wife and I decided to attempt their direct investigation. This necessitated the practical measurement of electric double refraction and thus brought us into contact with a physical property which, during our period in Australia, has been developed into stereochemical usefulness, and which is now beginning to be applied by others elsewhere in the world."


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