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Robinson, Robert (1886 - 1975)

OAM, Kt.cr
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Organic chemist
Born: 13 September 1886  Chesterfield, England.  Died: 8 February 1975.
(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 Légion d'Honneur and Order of the Rising Sun, 2nd class (Japan).

Career Highlights

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

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Modified: 28 June 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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