David Colin Phillips, 77, died on Oct. 26, 2017, in North Wales.
“Colin worked in the fields of laser chemistry, gas-phase reaction kinetics, electropolymerization, particulate chemistry, and isotope separation. He worked on NASA projects, including Project Apollo and the space shuttle’s fuel system; he also worked extensively on President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative. He held over 50 patents. In 1975, through the Office of Naval Research, Colin patented a method for electrochemically depositing bone and collagen onto prostheses—a technique that enhanced bone repair and increased survival rates amongst Vietnam veterans with severe combat-sustained bone injuries. In 1976, he won the R&D 100 Award, along with J. D. B. Smith, for his organic particulate analysis instrument.”—Gareth Phillips, son
Most recent title: Manager of physical chemistry research, Westinghouse Research Laboratories
Education: B.Sc., chemistry, 1965, and Ph.D., physical chemistry, 1968, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
Survivors: Wife, Irfonwy; sons, Gareth and Tudor; one grandson
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