H.S. Taylor, he worked on catalysts for the Haber process for the production of ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen, and for the selective oxidation of carbon monoxide in mixtures of CO and hydrogen. Later Taylor and Rideal wrote a pioneering book Catalysis in Theory and Practice. The Rideal Conference is so named in his honor; this triennial series of UK research conferences on surface chemistry and catalysis was initiated by Charles Kemball and others in the late 1960s.
Contributed by Jacques Vedrine