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Remembering Dr Terry Gough, OP 1951-1958

Thank you to Terry's daughter Beccy for sending us this touching tribute of her father.
21 Dec 2021
Written by Millie Ansell
Dr Terry Gough (OP 1951-1958)
Dr Terry Gough (OP 1951-1958)

Former Portsmouth Grammar School student Terence “Terry” Gough passed away June 28, 2021 in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. Born in Portsmouth, England in 1939, Gough obtained a B.Sc. and PhD at the University of Leicester and started his career at the University of Waterloo in July 1965 as a Lecturer in the Chemistry department. In 1970 he was appointed Associate Professor and in July 1979 he was appointed full Professor. Through his research he became an international leader in molecular dynamics, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy and photochemistry, running Waterloo’s Molecular Spectroscopy lab.

He worked closely with Professor Giacinto Scoles, then-graduate student Roger Miller and Arthur Carty at the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry to land the first National Research Council grant ever given to University of Waterloo researchers in 1976, and helped establish the Centre for Molecular Beams and Laser Chemistry with Professor Scoles. In 1985 he won the Herzberg Award of the Spectroscopy Society of Canada, which was awarded annually to outstanding spectroscopists who made significant contributions to the discipline while working in Canada. After 24 years at Waterloo, in 1989 Professor Gough was recruited as Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria and led the department for several years, also serving as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science.

During his time in Victoria, Gough was the program leader of a national network of Centers of Excellence in Molecular and Interfacial Dynamics (CEMAID) which involved a group of about 50 researchers from around Canada. He retired from the University of Victoria in 2005. Gough was a Fellow of the Chemical Society of London.

He is survived by his two daughters Kirstie and Rebecca and his four grandchildren Gabrielle, Sam, Alba and Silvia



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