Peter Myers: 60th Birthday
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Peter Myers: 60th Birthday
It is dicult to believe that Peter Myers is 60 years old; has this energetic and
productive scientist and entrepreneur really reached the age at which many retire?
In fact, these birthday good wishes are intended as an appreciation of work in
progress rather than a valediction.
A Yorkshireman by birth and conviction, Peter in fact crossed the Pennines to
Salford University for his degree and Ph.D. studiesthe latter in mass spec-
trometryand then went to work in the Unilever research laboratory on
Merseyside. Early in his career he realized the importance of better column
materials for the then fast emerging technique of HPLC, and soon became
Technical Director of Phase Separations Ltd. The company quickly became world
leaders through Peters Sol-Gel process for the manufacture of porous spherical
particles, and the development of the procedures for the bonding of groups to
generate the full range of stationary phases with high-pH stability and controlled
particle size. Phase Separations became the worlds largest supplier of spherical
silica, and after the company became part of the Waters Corporation, Peter was
concerned with the new generation of materials for HPLC.
In addition to advances in HPLC, Peter Myers interests have been broad but
always rooted in the soundest of science, and have included the use of new column
technology in SFC, CEC and in pioneering developments in dierential eld
gradient focusing for protein separation. His work has often incorporated the
extensive use of computational methods, especially in modelling the separation
process and in operating parameter optimization. Peters current research, begun
as a Visiting Professor rst at Leeds and York and now at Liverpool, is concerned
with new directions in miniaturized analytical instrumentation. Here, he is com-
bining microfabricated separation devices, incorporating novel pumps and
detector schemes, with modern electronics to provide integrated systems. We look
forward to successful outcomes from these initiatives.
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Editorial Chromatographia 2007, 66, November (No. 9/10) 647
A description of Peters work does little justice to his inuence on the scientic
community; a true networker with innumerable contacts and co-workers
throughout industry and academe, he freely and enthusiastically oers advice and
material assistance to anyone who asksas is attested by the acknowledgement of
his help in a legion of papers in the literature.
Peters admiration for Denis Desty, with whom he cooperated on one of
Destys last projects (fullerene chemistry), led him to inaugurate in 1996 the Desty
Memorial Lecture and Prize. The winner, usually a younger scientist, is judged to
have shown great innovation in separation science and presents a lecture in a
programme designed to stimulate new thinking in the subject.
I am sure that all of his numerous friends will join me in the warmest of 60th
birthday greetings to Peterinnovator, entrepreneur and benefactor of analytical
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