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More thoughts of Fisons

July 5, 2020

As mentioned in my earlier posts, our Organic Chemistry research labs relocated from Holmes Chapel in Cheshire to the new-build research complex at Bakewell Rd in Loughborough, Leics in August 1968.

Initially most lab work was ceased while we installed new equipment, unpacked glassware and equipment transported by Pickford Removals, and started equipping the larger new labs. In addition to several traditional organic research labs, there was also a pilot-scale lab and a high-pressure lab. The pilot lab had a very low bench suitable for carrying out large-scale preps and at break times the morning and afternoon, while it was still unoccupied, we all used to sit on this very long bench drinking our coffee or tea. I can well remember Dr John King, our then section leader, remarking on seeing about 20 people sitting on the bench “This reminds me of the ‘Folies Bergere’, very amusing at the time thinking of the famous Can- Can dancers. Happy times and memories.

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