Topics - V. Pretorious
V. Pretorious was another of the pioneers in gas chromatography. He studied at the University of Pretoria and obtained his B. S. degree in 1949 and his M. S. degree in 1951. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where he obtained his Ph. D. He was appointed senior lecturer at Pretoria University in 1957, Professor and head of the Physical Chemistry Department 1960 and director of the Chromatography Research Unit in 1973. He was author of over 100 papers largely in chromatography and held various official positions in the South African Chemical Institute and other South African chemical societies. He received many awards for his work in chromatography and was co-inventor of the flame ionization detector, which is probably the detector that is in most common use today.