A look back at Radleys first 50 years,
alongside some of the key chemistry developments of the time.
The chemical industry helps make the moon landings possible.
Chemists help make the flame resistant, Teflon-coated glass microfibers used to make astronauts' spacesuits.
Bill Radley sets up his first workshop.
Having previously worked from a council house, Bill Radley now starts renting an old barn to use as a workshop. He is soon joined by Roy Weiss and they begin work on their first major contract - making stopcocks for the scientific glassblowers Springhams.
R.B.Radley & Co Ltd is formed.
The company takes out a lease on a factory in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Bill's son Mark Radley is born and Roy Weiss, a minority shareholder in the company, becomes his godfather. By the end of the 60s, glassblower Ron Luckin joins the company.
Cosmetic chemist Hazel Bishop becomes the first female member of the influential Chemists' Club.
Hazel invented the first kiss-proof lipstick, which used the tagline "stays on you, not on him".
Beechams becomes Radleys biggest customer.
Radleys now has around 12 employees, including 6 glassblowers. They are also appointed as the exclusive distributor for US company Bel-Art's SpinBar PTFE magnetic stirring bars.
Sir Ewart Jones becomes president of the newly formed Royal Society of Chemistry.
The Welsh chemist is known for his work on the chemistry of natural products like steroids and vitamins, which led to the Jones Oxidation reaction being named after him.
Radleys works on pioneering fibre optics technology.
Radleys move to a new factory is funded by winning a large contract to work with Standard Telephones on straightening fibreoptic rods. Standard Telephones pioneered the use of optical fibres for communication.
Radleys gets record breaking sales.
Radleys enters into a royalty agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to manufacture and sell Carousel 12, which breaks sales records when it is launched. They also add several new product lines to their offering, including autoclaves and balances.
After more than two decades of fierce competition, the cancer drug Taxol is successfully synthesised.
Taxol's synthesis marks a major breakthrough in cancer therapy. Producing the drug was previously slow and expensive because it was made from a toxin which was difficult to extract from the Pacific Yew Tree.
ChemScience and BioScience launched.
Radleys launches the catalogues ChemScience and BioScience which provide a comprehensive list of lab equipment for chemists, biochemists and microbiologists.
Radleys becomes a reseller of Huber's circulators.
Radleys begins a long-lasting relationship with the high tech German company Huber.
Reactor-Ready becomes a game changer for the chemistry industry.
Ed Hartley develops the Reactor-Ready glass lab reactor - a universal workstation that helps save space and money.
Bill Radley's son Mark becomes Managing Director.
Radleys expands its office space and takes on several key new staff.
Radleys launches its first website and expands its R&D programme.
Radleys begins developing its parallel synthesis range, including the GreenHouse parallel synthesiser, in conjuction with GlaxoSmithKline. They partner with Micronics in Holland - the first of many worldwide distributors they work with.
2005 Radleys introduces the economical StarFish workstation.
The following year Tornado is launched and Heat-On is added to their portfolio. Radleys becomes an exclusive distributor for Heidolph Instruments.
Ada Yonath wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Ada won the Nobel Prize for her work on ribosomes, a common target for antibiotics, using bacteria from the Dead Sea.
Radleys enters new global markets.
Radleys appoints its first employee based in Asia and continues to grow as it invests heavily in R&D and manufacturing.
Radleys introduces its lab automation software.
The lab software AVA is designed to control commonly used chemistry equipment, including hotplates, overhead stirrers, circulators, pumps and balances.
Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar are awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The trio won the prize for their work showing how DNA recovers from damage caused by mutagens like UV radiation.
Radleys wins a prestigious water conservation award.
Radleys offers more environmentally friendly solutions, such as the water-saving condenser, Findenser, invented in conjuction with AstraZeneca.
Radleys files its 6th International Patent.
After several years in development, Radleys launches the Mya 4 Reaction Station.
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