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An Appreciation of the Scientific Researches of Dr Peter H. Dawson

Todd, John F.J., March, Raymond E. (2019) An Appreciation of the Scientific Researches of Dr Peter H. Dawson. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, . ISSN 0951-4198. (doi:10.1002/rcm.8402) (KAR id:72934)

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Upon the death of Peter H. Dawson in 2015, mass spectrometry lost a major figure. Within the area of radiofrequency quadrupole electric fields applied to mass spectrometry, Dawson stands alongside its pioneers Wolfgang Paul, Nobelist and inventor of the technology, and Wilson Brubaker, who identified and overcame the deleterious effects of fringing electric fields on quadrupole mass filter performance. Seventy‐one of Dawson's 97 scientific publications are concerned with quadrupole mass analyzers, ion traps and monopole mass spectrometers. Of especial note are his book and review articles in which he disseminated information on the theoretical fundamentals and practicalities of these systems to a wider audience, thereby having a major impact on the development of this important field of endeavour.

The scientific researches of Dr Dawson and his advice and counsel, influenced to a major degree, and to the better, the research careers, teachings and the lives of the authors of this piece. Their combined researches quadrupole devices led to the commercialization of the ion trap as a mass spectrometer by which mass spectral information became available at greatly reduced cost. Thus, the advent of commercial ion trapping instruments permitted a greater use of mass spectrometry in both technically advanced countries and those less well advanced. The greatest impact in health services was mass spectrometric analysis of environmental problems, well and stream water, food free of pesticides, etc., and forensic sciences. Our combined indebtedness to Dr Dawson is manifested by this appreciation of his scientific work, the highlighting of his main contributions, and creation of a substantive reference source to his work that can be used by other scientists. A comprehensive list of Dr Dawson's publications, including abstracts or summaries, has been arranged in chronological order of date of submission.

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DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/rcm.8402
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: John Todd
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 11:03 UTC
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