The construction of Thompson’s mass spectrograph in Cambridge almost exactly a century ago followed by Aston’s improved instruments and his pioneering work on non-radioactive isotopes is widely known. In the sixty years or so since then, European scientists and engineers have made many major contributions to the development of new instruments and techniques. Accounts of these contributions in the scientific literature necessarily give little idea of the contributors themselves or of the difficulties that had to be overcome before success was achieved.
Most newcomers to mass spectrometry in the last ten years will have little concept of the difficulties faced in obtaining the mass spectra of four solid samples during a working day before the invention of the vacuum lock probe. This was followed by several hours of counting spectra and trying to interpret them. Many will never have seen a magnetic deflection instrument and will be familiar only with mass spectrometers having both the operation of the instrument and the interpretation of the data under computer control.
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The foundations of mass spectrometry in Europe-the first fifty years
Keith R. Jennings
Nico M.M. Nibbering
GC/MS and LC/MS
From field desorption to MALDI and to the resurgence of time-of-flight mass spectrometry
Mass spectrometry in Manchester
Mass spectrometry in Bremen, a tribute to Dr Ludolf Jenckel
A short story about the life of Curt Brunnee
Michael C. ten Noever de Brauw
The European history of peptide and protein mass spectrometry
Applications to small biomolecules and developments in Central and Eastern Europe
Industrial and environmental applications
Scientific societies and meetings in Europe
Alison E. Ashcroft