Barton, Sir Derek Harold Richard
- N. G. Coley
Barton, Sir Derek Harold Richard (1918–1998), organic chemist, was born on 8 September 1918 at Grenfell, Sun Lane, Gravesend, Kent. His father, William Thomas Barton, was a carpenter, his mother was Maud Henrietta, formerly Lukes. He was educated at Tonbridge School, Kent, but he had to leave without any qualifications after his father's sudden death in 1935. For the next two years he worked in the family timber business but, convinced that there must be something more interesting in life, he attended ...