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Biographical entry Robinson, Robert (1886 - 1975)

OAM, Kt.cr

Born
13 September 1886
Chesterfield, England
Died
8 February 1975
Occupation
Organic chemist

Summary

(Sir) Robert Robinson was Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University from 1930-55 and spent 3 years at the University of Sydney (1913-15) as Professor of Organic Chemistry (Pure and Applied). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1947 for his investigations on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids. Robinson has received many other honours including a knighthood in 1939, the Commandeur de la L├ęgion d'Honneur and Order of the Rising Sun, 2nd class (Japan).

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1913 - 1915
Career position - Professor of Organic Chemistry (Pure and Applied) at the University of Sydney
1916
Career position - Heath Harrison Professor of Organic Chemistry in Liverpool, UK
1920
Career position - Director of Research at the British Dyestuffs Corporation Ltd
1921
Career position - Professor of Chemistry at St Andrews, UK
1922 - 1928
Career position - Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Manchester, UK
1928 - 1930
Career position - Professor of Organic Chemistry at University College, London
1929
Award - Bakerian Lecturer for the Royal Society
1930
Award - Davy Medallist of the Royal Society
1930
Award - Longstaff Medallist of the Chemical Society
1930 - 1955
Career position - Wayneflete Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford
1932
Award - Royal Medallist
1939
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt cr)
1939
Award - Paracelsus Medallist of the Swiss Chemical Society received
1939 - 1941
Career position - President of the Chemical Society
1942
Award - Copley Medallist of the Royal Society
1945 - 1950
Career position - President of the Royal Society
1947
Award - Albert Gold Medal received from the Royal Society of Arts
1947
Award - Franklin Medal received from the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
1947
Award - Nobel Prize for Chemistry received
1949
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) received
1953
Award - Priestley Medal received from the American Chemical Society
1955
Career position - President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science
1957
Award - Hofmann Medal received from the German Chemical Society
1958 - 1959
Career position - President of the Society of Chemical Industry
1960
Award - Flintoff Medal received from the Chemical Society

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Birch, A. J., 'Sir Robert Robinson: a Contemporary historical assessment and a personal memoir', Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 109, no. 3/4, 1976, pp. 151-160. Details
  • Birch, Arthur J., 'Investigating a Scientific Legend: the Tropinone Synthesis of Sir Robert Robinson, FRS', Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 47, 1993, pp. 277-296. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker