F. Gordon A. Stone

Francis Gordon Albert Stone ( born May 19, 1925 in Exeter, † April 6, 2011 in Waco, Texas ) was a British- American chemist who dealt with inorganic chemistry and, later, with The organometallic chemistry.

Stone studied at the University of Cambridge ( Christ's College ) with a bachelor 's degree in 1948 and his doctorate in 1951 at Harry Julus Emeléus. As a post - graduate student, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California and then Instructor and Assistant Professor from 1957 at Harvard University. 1963 to 1990 he was Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bristol and then at Baylor University, where he was until 2010 (Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor in Chemistry).

In 1998, he stood in front of an official British Commission, which undertook an assessment of the teaching and research in chemistry at British universities (Stone Report).

He was in 1976 a Fellow of the Royal Society ( and 1987/88 the Vice- President), in 1970 the Royal Society of Chemistry, 1990, he was CBE. In 1989 he received the Davy Medal, 1990, the Longstaff Medal and 1985 the price of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.

According to him the Gordon Stone Lecture is named in Bristol.


  • Leaving no stone unturned. Pathways in Organometallic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1993 ( autobiography)
  • Interview in Inorganica Chimica Acta, 358, 2005, pp. 1345-1357

Stone has published over 750 articles. He was with Robert West editor of Advances in Organometallic Chemistry and Geoffrey Wilkinson and EW Abel of Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry.