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Sir Derek Harold Richard Barton (8 September 1918 – 16 March 1998) was an English organic chemist and Nobel Prize laureate.

He was born in Gravesend, Kent. His father was William Thomas and mother was Maude Henrietta Barton. He attended Gravesend Grammar School (1926–29), The King's School, Rochester (1929–32), Tonbridge School (1932–35) and Medway Technical College (1937–39). He was graduated from the Imperial College London and obtained his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry in 1942.

He was awarded the Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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