Charles Laurence Arcus

CLA lecturing at Battersea, early 50s


In the early 1980s, when Charles' health was quite poor, several people – both friends and family – received Christmas cards indicating he would not be writing again. As a result of this, and his subsequent changes of address, many people lost touch with Charles. However, in early 2000, a group of former colleagues did eventually make contact again, and he received a number of letters which he was delighted by and valued greatly. Sadly, he died before this renewed contact could be taken further.

The idea of an obituary in ‘Chemistry in Britain’ was raised, sadly this was not possible, although a letter announcing his death was published and contributions of recollections of his life invited, which has prompted a large number of replies, all of which bear tribute to his wonderful and complex character.

His Life




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