Linstead, Reginald Patrick (1902-1966), a British chemist, made important studies of organic chemicals and synthetic dyes.
Reginald Patrick Linstead was born Aug. 28, 1902, in London, to Edward Flatman Linstead, a pharmaceutical chemist, and Florence Evelyn Hester Linstead. Young Linstead was educated at the City of London School at the Imperial College, where he studied chemistry and graduated with first class honors. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1926. In 1929, he returned to Imperial College as a demonstrator and subsequently as a lecturer.
Linstead became Firth professor of chemistry at Sheffield University in 1938. The next year, he was appointed professor of organic chemistry at Harvard University, at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
When World War II (1939–1945) broke out in 1939, Linstead became involved in military research. He was associated with work on explosives and made important studies on metals.
After serving in several other academic positions, in 1955 he became rector of the Imperial College. He made considerable improvements to the school, emphasizing that science should be made more understandable to the layperson and that education should be broader in scope, aiming to give students a basic knowledge of both the sciences and the arts.
Linstead earned numerous honors and prizes throughout his career. He was knighted in 1959 and elected to the Royal Society in 1940.
In 1930, Linstead married Aileen Edith Ellis Rowland, daughter of a fellow researcher at Imperial College. Aileen died in 1938 giving birth to the couple's only daughter. Linstead remarried in 1942 to Marjorie Walters of Aberdare, England. She held a doctorate from Oxford University, and later took a position as principal of an education college at Oxford. Linstead died of a heart attack on Sept. 22, 1966, at St. George's Hospital, London.