Prof PARKER, David
Prof David Parker has spent over fifty years living in the North-East of England. Born in
County Durham, he graduated with a First Class degree in Chemistry from Oxford University in 1978. He gained a D.Phil. in 1980, working with John M Brown FRS in the Dyson Perrins Laboratory on mechanistic studies in asymmetric catalysis. In the autumn of 1980, he took up a NATO Fellowship to study with Jean-Marie Lehn in Strasbourg. He returned to Durham in January 1982 to a Lectureship in Chemistry and was promoted to a Chair in 1992. He has received many awards and prizes for his research work, including the RSC Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize in 1989, the ICI Prize in Organic Chemistry in 1991, an RSC Interdisciplinary Award in 1996, the inaugural IBC Award for Supramolecular Science and Technology in 2000, the first RSC award for Supramolecular Chemistry in 2002, a Tilden Lectureship and Silver Medal in 2003, the Ludwig Mond Medal for Inorganic Chemistry in 2011 and the triennial Lecoq de Boisbaudran award for rare earth science in 2012. In 2002, aged 45, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and in 2014 he was recognized by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council as a RISE Fellow (Recognising Inspiration in Science and Engineering). He served as the Chairman of Durham Chemistry on two occasions, and was on the UK RAE panel in 2008. Today, 32 of his former PhDs and post-doctoral assistants hold academic positions around the world.

His research has ranged widely over the design, synthesis and mode of action of targeted probes and sensors. In addition he has studied both d and f block metal coordination chemistry, as well as some early contributions to chiral analysis. In particular, he has developed families of metal complexes and conjugates that bind reversibly or react selectively, examining their behaviour in vitro and in cellulo, prior to  in vivo  applications. He holds over 25 licensed patents and has published over 380 articles, (h = 75).

From 2019, Prof Parker is the Kennedy Wong Visiting Professor at our University.

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