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Professor Richard John Kenneth Taylor, B.Sc., Ph.D., F.R.S.C.

Curriculum Vitae

1. Personal Information

Current Position: Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of York (since 1993)

University Address: Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK.

Telephone: (01904) 322606

Fax: (01904) 324523 



Date/Place of Birth: 22 March 1949, Skegness, Lincolnshire.

Marital Status: Married with 3 children

Sex: Male

2. Qualifications

Bachelor of Science: First Class Honours in Chemistry, University of Sheffield (1970).

Doctor of Philosophy: University of Sheffield (1973). Research Supervisor: Dr D Neville Jones.
Thesis Title: The Synthesis and Chiroptical Properties of Allyl and Cyclic Sulphoxides.

3. Postdoctoral Studies

  1. Postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Syntex Research, Palo Alto, California, working with Dr Ian T Harrison on prostaglandins (1973-1974).
  2. Postdoctoral fellowship at University College London, working with Professor Franz Sondheimer on the synthesis of novel bicyclic annulenes (1974-1975).

4. Major Awards and Distinctions

  • 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry's Natural Product Chemistry Award
  • 2010-2015 Head of Department, Chemistry, University of York
  • 2009-2011 President of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry.
  • 2007-2008 Royal Society of Chemistry's Synthetic Organic Chemistry Prize and Medal.
  • 2006-2007 Pedler Lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • 2005 UK Regional Editor of the international journal Tetrahedron (since 1997); Member of Executive Board of Tetrahedron Publications.
  • 2003-2004 Inaugural President  of the Organic Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • 2001-2003 President of the Perkin Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • 2000-2001 Chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry Heterocyclic Group.
  • 1999-2000 Tilden Medallist and Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • 1999 Royal Society of Chemistry Heterocyclic Chemistry Award.
  • 1985-1987 The Royal Society of Chemistry's Hickinbottom Fellowship.

5. Other distinctions

  • 2008 Joint Editor-in-Chief, Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry III (15 Volumes), Elsevier.
  • 2007 Chairman of the 20th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry, July 2007, Churchill College, Cambridge.
  • 2005 Visiting National Science Council Lecturer to Taiwan (lectures at Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University and NTNU).
  • 2004 Editor-in-Chief, Comprehensive Organic Functional Group Transformations II (7Volumes), Elsevier.
  • 2004 RACI Visiting Lecturer (Plenaries in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne; Seminar in Canberra).
  • 2004 Visiting Professor, Catholique University of Louvain, Belgium.
  • 1998 Visiting Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand.