Why Famous: Shared the 1952 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the invention of partition chromatography with Richard Synge.
He specialized in Biochemistry, in some aspects of Vitamins E and B2 and in techniques that laid the foundation for chromatography.
- 1941-06-07 Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and Richard L. M. Synge give the first demonstration of partition chromatography (separation of mixtures) at a meeting of the Biochemical Society held at the National Institute for Medical Research, Hampstead
- 1950-10-20 Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and James Lovelock give the first demonstration of gas chromatography at a meeting of the Biochemical Society. The technique is rapidly adopted by the petrochemical industry.