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Richard Laurence Millington Synge


Richard Laurence Millington Synge, British biochemist. Recipient (with A.J.P. Martin) Nobel prize for chemistry, 1952; John Price Wetherill medal Franklin Institute, 1959; named honorary fellow Trinity College, Cambridge University, 1972. Fellow Royal Society Chemistry, Royal Society; honorary member Royal Irish Academy, Royal Society New Zealand, American Society Biological Chemists.


Synge, Richard Laurence Millington was born on October 28, 1914 in Liverpool, England. Son of Laurence M. and Katharine (Swan).


Doctor of Philosophy. Student, Winchester College, Trinity College, Cambridge University. Honorary Doctor of Science, University East Anglia, 1977.

Honorary Doctor of Science, University Aberdeen, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Uppsala, 1980.


Biochemist Wool Industries Research Association, Leeds, England, 1941-1943. Staff biochemist Lister Institute Preventive Medicine, London, 1943-1948. Head department protein chemistry Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1948-1967.

Biochemist Food Research Institute, Norwich, England, 1967-1976. Honorary professor School Biological Sciences, University East Anglia, 1968-1984. Visiting biochemist Ruakura Animal Research Station, Hamilton, New Zealand, 1958-1959.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board Bio-chemical Journal, 1949-1955.


Editorial Board Biochemical Journal 1949-1955. Royal Irish Academy, Royal Society New Zealand, American Society of Biological Chemists, Phytochem. Society Europe.


Son of; married Ann Stephen, 1943. 3 sons, 4 daughters.

Laurence M. Son

Katharine (Swan) Son

Ann Stephen