Young scientist wins Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

16th July 2019
BY Dr Chas McCaw, Head of Science

Carson, a fifth former at Winchester, has achieved the highest mark in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, known as C3L6. This is a national competition aimed at lower sixth pupils. Ten thousand students from across the UK sat the paper. The 90-minute exam, taken in June each year and set by teachers and university chemists, aims to "stretch and challenge" students interested in Chemistry.

A leading scientist in his year group, and talented in both chemistry and physics, Carson has now been invited to join the top 50 lower sixth pupils in the country at the C3L6 summer camp in Cambridge.

Carson is pictured receiving the Danckwerts prize, which is awarded annually for the highest mark in the school scored in the C3L6 paper. Peter Danckwerts, a pupil of Winchester College in the 1930s, won a George Cross for disarming unexploded parachute mines in the 1940 London Blitz. After the war he took a two-year chemical engineering course at MIT. Later, while on the staff at Cambridge, he developed much of the theory behind modern chemical engineering.

Danckwerts’ nephew, Peter Michael Danckwerts, presented Carson with a biography of Danckwerts by Peter Varey, and wished him further success.



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