John Tedder, 2nd Baron Tedder

John Michael Tedder, 2nd Baron Tedder, (July 4, 1926 – February 18, 1994), was the Purdie Professor of Chemistry at St. Andrews University, Scotland.

Early life and education

He was the second born son of Arthur William Tedder and Rosalinde Maclardy. His father had a military career in the Royal Air Force, that culminated in his becoming Marshal of the Royal Air Force. As his father's military appointments involved frequent changes, the Tedder family's residences also shifted. He attended schools in Surrey, Whitgift School (1934–36), Sumatra in Indonesia (1936–38), and Wiltshire (1938–44). He suffered with disabilities in his hearing and eyesight, and was rejected as a candidate for military service in World War II.

Tedder's early life was shaped by two significant tragedies. His older brother Dick was killed on active service in France in 1940. His mother, Rosalinde Tedder, died in January 1943 in an air crash in Egypt. His father was a witness to the air crash and was deeply affected by the death of his wife.

As Tedder was unfit to serve in military action he began his tertiary education in science. He studied at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge for his undergraduate degree and owing to the impact of the family tragedies obtained very poor grades. He persisted and was awarded the B.A. in 1947. He received encouragement from some of his lecturers and went on to receive both an M.A. and Ph. D. at Magdalene College in 1951. He undertook post-doctoral studies at Ohio State University from 1952–53. He subsequently obtained the D.Sc. from the University of Birmingham in 1961, and the Sc. D. from the University of Cambridge.

Career

Tedder became a lecturer in chemistry at Sheffield University in 1955, and then was appointed to the Roscoe Chair in Chemistry at the University of Dundee. He became Purdie Professor of Chemistry at St. Andrews University in 1969, and held the post until 1989. He then served as Emeritus Professor from 1989–1994.

Tedder became an authority on a number of topics within the field of chemistry, and was the author or co-author of some 200 technical essays, and several textbooks. One of his areas of expertise concerned organofluorine chemistry, and he pioneered the use of gas-liquid chromatography at Sheffield University in the 1950s. He composed a number of technical papers on the reactivity of orthoquinones. He developed a two-stage ion-beam spectrometer. He was also recognized by his peers as an important authority in free radical chemistry.

In addition to his distinguished work in chemistry, Tedder succeeded his father as baron and served in the House of Lords. Although he was apparently reluctant to perpetuate the title, he was persuaded by colleagues that the peerage system could benefit by the presence of a scientist and educator. He served on the House of Lords Committee on Hazardous Waste, and contributed to discussions in the House about matters of science and tertiary education. He was also honored by his election to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Tedder was married to Peggy Eileen Growcott, and they were the parents of three children. The eldest son, Robin John Tedder (born 1955), is now the 3rd Baron Tedder.

Tedder maintained a lively interest in the Royal Air Force and attended many honorary functions related to the squadrons in which his father had served. He also followed in his father's steps in his deep reading about Oliver Cromwell, and had planned to write a book on Cromwell. Tedder was also interested in classical music and played the piano. Near the end of his life he developed Parkinson's disease (the same affliction from which his father died). He then developed Alzheimer's disease, which forced him into retirement, and he was eventually placed in permanent nursing care until his death in 1994.

Obituary

*Peter L. Paulson, "John Michael Tedder," [http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/fellowship/obits/obits_alpha/tedder_john.pdf]

Relevant Biographical Data

*See the biographical study of the 1st Baron Tedder (Arthur William Tedder) in Vincent Orange, "Tedder: Quietly in Command" (London/Portland: Frank Cass Publishers, 2004). ISBN 0-7146-4817-5
*Trinity College Library at the University of Cambridge holds in its archives correspondence between John Michael Tedder and Richard Laurence Millington Synge for the years 1967–1974.

Bibliography

*"Valence Theory" (with John N. Murrell and Sydney F. A. Kettle) (London and New York: John Wiley, 1965; revised 1969). ISBN 0-471-62688-0
*"Basic Organic Chemistry" (with Antony Nechvatal), 3 Vols. (London and New York: John Wiley, 1966–1970). ISBN 0-471-85013-6 (Revised in 1987) ISBN 0-471-90977-7
*"The Chemical Bond" (with John N. Murrell and Sydney F. A. Kettle) (Chichester and New York: John Wiley, 1978). ISBN 0-471-99577-0 (revised 1985). ISBN 0-471-90759-6
*"Radicals" (with D.C. Nonhebel and J.C.Walton) (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979).
*"Pictorial Orbital Theory" (with Antony Nechvatal) (London and Marshfield: Pitman, 1985). ISBN 0-273-02265-2


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