Professor Graham Richards
CBE MA DPhil DSc CChem FRSC
Graham Richards was from 1997 to 2006 Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Oxford University, the largest Chemistry Department in the western world.
He is a Fellow of Brasenose College where he studied chemistry, and was a tutor for over 30 years. He was a pioneer of the field of computer-aided molecular design and is the author of over 350 scientific articles and some 17 books. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and at the University of California, Berkeley.
He has consulted for a number of major pharmaceutical companies and was the founding scientist of Oxford Molecular Group Plc and Inhibox Ltd, the company which exploits the results of his outstandingly successful screensaver project which had the power of over 3 million PCs.
He holds a number of non-executive directorships including being senior non-executive director of IP Group Plc, the company which grew from his innovative funding of the new Chemistry Research Laboratory in Oxford.
In 1996 he was awarded the Lloyd Kilgerran Prize for the application of science for the benefit of society, in 1998 the Mullard Award of the Royal Society, in 2001 the Italgas Prize and the 2004 American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research.