Hinshelwood, Sir Cyril Norman, 1897–1967, British chemist, D.Sc. Oxford, 1924. In 1937 Hinshelwood became a professor at Oxford, where he remained until his retirement in 1964. He shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Nikolay N. Semyonov for research into the mechanism of chemical reactions. Hinshelwood used ideas generated by Semyonov to unravel the reaction that produces water. This reaction of hydrogen and oxygen is so fundamental that Hinshelwood's conclusions opened up a broad array of new research pathways in organic and inorganic chemistry.
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