Brian Evans Conway was born on January 26, 1927, in Farnborough, England. He studied in London during World War II, receiving his B.S. in 1946 and his Ph.D. from Imperial College in 1949. His graduate work was under the direction of the renowned John O'Mara Bockris. Conway was just 20 years old when he published his first paper with Bockris. His research group at Imperial College also included Roger Parsons and Martin Fleischmann, who along with Conway became preeminent leaders in electrochemistry.
After a short stay at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the University of Ottawa in 1956 in the newly formed Department of Chemistry. He continued to research at the University of Ottawa for his entire career, some five decades more. During this time, Professor Conway educated more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom became recognized leaders in electrochemistry in their own right.
Conway and Bockris coedited two important series in electrochemistry. These two series exemplified an extraordinary collaboration between a former student and mentor. What's more, these series had an immeasurable impact by revitalizing electrochemistry in the second half of the twentieth century. The first series, Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry, started in 1954. Brian Conway was editor or coeditor of 23 volumes. The second series was Comprehensive Treatise of Electrochemistry ...
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