Ray played a major part in the blossoming of NMR techniques and their chemical applications that followed the introduction of Fourier transform methods in 1972. His group in Oxford pioneered many new methods in 2D NMR, selective excitation and broadband decoupling, pulse sequence elements that are now part of every NMR spectroscopist’s toolkit and that are in daily use in every NMR laboratory as well as in the life sciences and medicine.
Ray was a superb communicator, and was often the star turn at NMR conferences - his presentations were characteristically littered with wry jokes and self-deprecating remarks, and illustrated by beautiful hand-drawn slides and cartoons. He was a wonderful mentor to his students, who remember with great fondness his warmth, humour and creativity.
Ray was a gentleman scientist, somewhat of the old school, and a devoted family man. He will be greatly missed, but warmly remembered by all who had the privilege of working with him.