a1 Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
The original motivation for this paper was the question of primitivity for group rings of soluble groups of finite rank. At the end this is touched upon as an application of a theorem about prime ideals in such rings. If a group Γ acts on a set S we say an element is (Γ)-orbital if its orbit is finite and write ΔΓ(S) for the subset of such elements. The FC-radical of a group G, denoted by Δ(G), is just ΔG(G) where the action of G on itself is by conjugation.
(Received February 06 1984)
(Revised June 18 1984)