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Biographical entry Coates, John Hewlett (1932 - 2016)

Born
10 August 1932
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Died
10 June 2016
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Biophysical chemist

Summary

John Coates was a biophysical chemist who was a pioneer in the field in Australia and had a distinguished career in the Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. With Denis Jordan he worked on the effect of heat on the stability of DNA and the retardation of its chain melting by electrolytes. This fundamental work provided the basis for modern molecular biology, in particular the current application of polymerase chain reaction. Later research was on rapid reaction kinetics, kinetic application of lineshape analysis, and the chemistry of cyclosextrins and their inclusion complex formation. Coates was noted for the instruments he designed for use in his Department, including stop-flow systems, temperature-jump spectrometer and pressure pump apparatus.

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1954
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1957 - 1958
Career position - Lecturer in Agricultural Chemistry, Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide
1959 - 1963
Career position - Lecturer in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide
1964 - ?
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide
1993
Life event - Retired

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