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1980s - BMSS goes International

 

In 1981 the MSG restructured to become the British Mass Spectrometry Society as we know it today, registering with the Charity Commission in the process of doing so. It involved a merger of the MSG and the Biomedical MS Group, founded by Brian Millard, Dai Games and Nev Haskins around 1975. Their most notable exploits being the "Christmas at Cardiff" meetings in 1975, 1977 and 1979.   The Group had started as a practical self-help group for those interested in applying the emerging MS technologies (eg. quadrupoles, GC-MS, CI and moving belt LC-MS) rather than actually building the instruments. 

Nev Haskins became Publicity Secretary of the new BMSS and so continued the Newsletter he had started a few years earlier for the Biomedical Group.  Initially just a sheet advertising meetings, it grew to include jobs / vacancies, notable papers etc., all typed up on Nev's BBC B computer. Malcolm Rose succeeded him and the newsletter format continued evolving into the professionally produced publication we have today. Malcolm's own personal touch was the inclusion of many drawings of spectrometers done by his young son, Colin.

In 1985 the BMSS took on its biggest challenge yet when it organised and ran the 10th International Mass Spectrometry Conference at the University of Swansea.  Led by Gareth Brenton the team successfully showed the world the BMSS could cope with the demands of arranging such an important meeting. 

Apart from Gareth the Organising Committee also included: Eddie Clayton, Christine Eckers, and John Race

The proceeds from this successful conference were used to fund several PhD studentships in MS known as the "Beynon Studentships" thus founding the Society's strong belief in supporting education in MS.

The Society moved towards recognising important workers in MS in 1987 when the Aston Medal was established.

   

 

   

 

Meeting Year Venue Year of Office BMSS Chair Vice-Chair Secretary

BMSS11 

1980 

Canterbury

1979-80

Peter Knewstubb

John Todd

John Chapman

BMSS12 

1981 

Cambridge

1980-81

John Todd

Dai Games

Patrick Powers

IMSC9

1982 

Vienna

1981-82

John Todd

Dai Games

Patrick Powers

BMSS13

1983

Warwick

1982-83

Dai Games

Robin Aplin

Patrick Powers

BMSS14

1984

Heriot-Watt

1983-84

Allan Maccoll

Patrick Powers

Patrick Powers

IMSC10

1985

Swansea

1984-85

Patrick Powers

Keith Jennings

Mike Baldwin

BMSS15 

1986

Sussex

1985-86

Patrick Powers

Keith Jennings

Mike Baldwin

BMSS16

1987

York

1986-87

Keith Jennings

Eddie Clayton

Mike Baldwin

IMSC11 

1988

Bordeaux

1987-88

Keith Jennings

Stan Evans

Mike Baldwin

BMSS17

1989

Nottingham

1988-89

Stan Evans

Mike Baldwin

Tony Mallet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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