When I was at NRC in 1964 Takeshi Oka told me about Kelvin Tyler’s analysis of the spectrum of HCP.  Gier had made it at DuPont and from that moment on I contemplated how to make analogues. Ten year’s later at Sussex John Nixon and I collaborated and it was this work which arguably (and I would argue it) gave birth to the fields of Phosphaalkene and Phosphaalkyne Chemistry

John Nixon

One of the trickiest experiments involved obtaining the PE spectrum of CH3CP but green fingered Nick Westwood managed it  CH3CP PE dt9790001405

Capture CH3CP PE c d only


Nick Westwood great friend and nme