Richard Laurence Millington Synge Biography
(British Biochemist & Winner of 1952 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Birthday: October 28, 1914 (Scorpio)
Born In: Liverpool, England
Richard L. M. Synge or Richard Laurence Millington Synge was an English biochemist who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the invention of the method for separating the constituents of a mixture of chemical compounds by a process known as liquid-liquid partition chromatography which included paper chromatography also. He shared the prize with another English chemist, Archer John Porter Martin who collaborated with him to create this process. He spent his entire career in research working at various institutes during his life-time. The development of the liquid-liquid paper-partition chromatography technique was hugely appreciated by both the academia and the industry as it paved a new way to separate a compound into its constituent elements purely and cleanly which had hitherto been impossible. Synge had a great memory and was fluent in Russian, German and Swedish and was very well organized in his daily life. Being a stockbroker’s son he had a command over financial matters and was strict about audits and accounts and always politely demanded accuracy in everything. He was very knowledgeable about the railway system and train timings. During his Cambridge days he had come into contact with anti-war and anti-fascist movements which had a great influence on him throughout his life.