Biographical entry Lindoy, Leonard Francis (1937 - )
- 20 April 1937
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Leonard Lindoy is Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sydney, Personal Chair at James Cook University (Queensland) and a Bye-Fellow at Robinson College, University of Cambridge (UK). He is a recipient of many awards, fellowships and visiting professorships and has been invited to present his work at conferences and institutes around the world. Lindoy has (co) authored over 250 research publications, many of which cover the areas of metal ion and small molecule recognition, Supramolecular chemistry, Macrocyclic ligand chemistry, Ligand design and Reagents for solvent extraction and membrane transport.
Professor Leonard F. Lindoy was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BSc in 1963 and a Ph.D. in 1968. In 1985 he also obtained a DSc from this University. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Ohio State University with Professor Daryl Busch, he joined James Cook University as a lecturer in 1970, rising through the ranks to be appointed to the first Personal Chair at James Cook in 1987. In 1996, he moved to take up the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sydney and Headship of the Inorganic Division within the School of Chemistry. Since his arrival at Sydney he has taken a full lecture load at all levels and has been actively involved in course development during that time. At Sydney he has also been Academic Director of the Foundation for Inorganic Chemistry and was the Foundation Director of the Centre for Heavy Metals Research that was setup largely under his guidance. Professor Lindoy has had an interest in the affairs of the University of Wollongong for several years and since 2001 has been a member of the Science Faculty's External Advisory Committee. In December 2005 the University award him a DSc. (honoris causa) in recognition of his contributions to the University and to Inorganic Chemistry.
Professor Lindoy has spent periods of research at the ANU, ETH Zurich, Florida State University, as well as numerous periods at Cambridge University. He has had the honour of being appointed a Senior Member of Robinson College, Cambridge - an appointment for life that conveys some of the privileges of a Fellow when in residence. He is currently also a adjunct Professor of Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences, James Cook University In 2004, he delivered an invited lecture series on Supramolecular Chemistry to graduate students and staff at the Universities of Notre Dame (US NSF sponsored) and the National University of Singapore (as Visiting Professor).
Professor Lindoy has been a long-standing Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past chairman of the North Queensland Section of the RACI. For 6 years he was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian Journal of Chemistry and its Chair for 3 years.
He is a past President of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) and past Chair of the Chemical Sciences Sub-Panel, Australian Research Council (ARC) as well as Chair of the Physical Sciences Large Grants Panel (Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry) of the Australian Research Council. He has been a member of several national and international conference organising committees including a long standing member of the International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry (ISMC) and the International Coordination Chemistry Conference (ICCC) conference series. He is currently Australian representative on the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Committee on Chemical Nomenclature and Structure and is a past member of the IUPAC working party for supramolecular nomenclature. Over the past decade or so, he also has been a member or chair of various committees involved in reviewing university faculties and departments and research institutes or programmes. He has been a consultant to several national and international companies.
He continues to be an active researcher in the areas of macrocyclic chemistry, ligand design for metal ion and small molecule recognition and supramolecular chemistry. He has published about 260 research papers including patents and two monographs. His research standing continues to receive wide recognition through invitations for plenary and other invited conference lectures, guest editorships, conference chairmanship and membership of a number of editorial boards.
Professor Lindoy was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1994 and has since served a three year term on the Academy's Council. Over his career he has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Olle Prize, the Burrows Medal and the H. G. Smith Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Gold Medal for Excellence in Research from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He was the 1998 Liversidge Lecturer of the Royal Society of NSW and in 2000 he was the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Australasian Lecturer, delivering lectures on his research throughout Australia and New Zealand. In 2003 he received a Centenary Medal from the Australian Government for his contributions to Inorganic Chemistry. He was elected to a RACI Distinguished Fellowship in November, 2005 He was appointed to the inaugural Eastchem (Scotland) International Visiting Fellowship to present a lecture series on supramolecular chemistry at the universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews in December, 2005. Written by Prof. Lindoy
- Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of New South Wales
- Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of New South Wales
- Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of New South Wales
- 1968 - 1970
- Career position - Visiting Research Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University, USA
- 1970 - 1976
- Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry at James Cook University, Queensland
- 1977 - 1996
- Career position - Reader in Inorganic Chemistry James Cook University
- Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of New South Wales
- Award - Olle Prize received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
- 1991 -
- Award - Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
- Award - Burrows Award received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
- 1993 -
- Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
- Career position - President of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
- Career position - Chair of the Physical Sciences (Chemistry/Maths/Physics) Panel of the Australian Research Council's Large Grants
- Award - Gold Medal for Excellence in Research received from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
- Award - H.G. Smith Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
- 1995 - 1999
- Career position - Councillor of the Australian Academy of Science
- 1996 - 2001
- Career position - Chair and Head of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sydney
- Career position - Councillor of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
- Career position - Visiting Fellow / Senior Member of Robinson College at the University of Cambridge, UK
- Award - Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Lecturer for Australia and New Zealand
- Award - Olle Prize received form the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
- Career position - External Reviewer of the Chemistry Department at the University of Basel, Switzerland
- 2001 - 2007
- Career position - Adjunct Professor in the School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences at James Cook University
- Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government
- 2005 -
- Career position - Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney
- 2005 -
- Award - Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)
- Award - Inaugural EastChem (Scotland) International Visiting Fellow at the universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, Scotland
Created: 15 February 2006, Last modified: 7 February 2011