The University of Sussex : MOLS

A warm welcome to the MOLS[1] section of our website. Its original purpose was to help assign names to two group images of MOLS faculty, staff and postgrads taken in the summers of 1967 and 1968. It is thought that no name lists were produced at the time but if anyone can provide one it would receive a huge welcome.

With the help of over 20 "Friends of MOLS" over half the faces have now been given identifications but there many who remain anonymous. For privacy reasons the names of identified persons will not be made public on this website. However, the ID numbers of those still unidentified are shown below each image. If you can fill a gap by supplying even a provisional name or two please send it to me (contact Andy) along with your full name, role and dates of being at Sussex; I will then add you to our email group of Friends and, if you wish, send you higher resolution copies of the images and the names of all those so far identified.

Also here is an image likely from 1965 when chemistry was still part of MAPS[2]. Most of the identifications were made by those involved in creating the excellent wiki about the History of Physics and Astronomy at Sussex[3], but a few gaps remain. It is good to report that an additional identification was made as recently as January 2023; hopefully a full house is not too far away. The most recent addition is a MOLS image from 1969 that arrived at the end of 2022 and is still at an early stage of naming people in the photograph. As with all the images, presented below in reverse date order, your help in identifying more of our past colleagues will be very welcome.

The University's Archive at The Keep has been very helpful in this work and I will be sending them copies of this research once we have gone as far as we can. I had planned to visit The Keep during 2022 to view the graduation ceremony programmes and extract the names of all those chemists who graduated up to 1970 in the hope that seeing the names will jog memories and thereby help to identify a few more names. Unfortunately a health hiccup delayed this but the visit should now take place this spring.

A particularly rewarding aspect of this project has been to correspond with faculty and fellow students I have not been in contact with for over 50 years and from them receive a number of anecdotes about the life and times of MOLS during its early years, and of the wide range of personalities it was home to. I have also been sent some additional images and some scripts from the Christmas cabarets that became such a marvellous tradition. All will be forwarded to The Keep in due course. I am grateful to all those who have contributed and will be pleased to receive more.

I left Sussex in 1968 after six very happy years and the cheerful - and generally youthful - faces in the Sussex sunshine shown here are a much treasured reminder of those times.

Please look closely at the images and help save those present from further anonymity.

With grateful thanks

Dr 'Andy' Andrews, MAPS & MOLS 1962 - 1968

1. 1969 (MOLS)

mols 1969

Names still needed for MOLS 1969 are
Back row: 1-3, 5-12, 14-15, 17, 19;
2nd, 3rd and 4th rows: 21-37, 39-40, 43-45, 48-58, 61-62, 64-65, 67-72, 74-75, 77-79;
5th row: 80, 82-93, 95, 97, 99, 101-103, 105-109;
Front row: 123, 125.

2. 1968 (MOLS)

mols 1968

Names still needed for MOLS 1968 are
Back row: 1-4, 6-7, 9-11, 14-16, 18-20, 22, 24;
2nd row: 27-32, 34, 37, 42-43, 45, 49, 51, 55-56, 58-62, 64, 68-70, 72;
3rd row: 75, 77-80, 82, 84, 86, 90-93, 101;
4th row: 105, 108, 112-115, 117, 119, 125;
Front row: 127, 129, 131-135, 140-141, 152.

3. 1967 (MOLS)

mols 1967

Names still needed for MOLS 1967 are
Back row: 1-3, 5-6, 9, 11, 13, 16-17, 20, 22-23, 26, 30, 33, 42-43, 47;
2nd row: 61, 66, 75, 77-79, 81-82, 84;
3rd row: 86, 95-97;
Front row: 104-105.

4. 1965 (MAPS)

maps 1965

Names still needed for MAPS 1965 are
3, 5, 8, 9, 18.


[1] MOLS was the designation of the School of Molecular Sciences.

[2] MAPS was the designation of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

[3] History of Physics and Astronomy at Sussex.