Celebrating excellence in analytical science
A range of analytical awards and prizes showcase the value of analytical science and reward excellence at all levels. Many of these form part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s extensive Prizes and Awards portfolio.
The 2015 Analytical Awards Symposium took place in Manchester University at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology on Monday 20 April 2015. The Event was organised by Professor Perdita Barran and her students whose sterling organisational skills and infectious enthusiasm shaped an event which went smoothly, was interactive, had great energy and was enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks are also due to our award winners who enabled us to celebrate great science which was communicated so well – we will look forward to hearing them all again in the future!
The event featured talks by:
- Evan Williams (UC Berkeley, 2014 Theophilus Redwood Award)
- Shabaz Mohammed (Oxford, 2014 Joseph Black Award)
- Sarah McAughtrie (Strathclyde, 2014 Ronald Belcher Award)
- Kevin Giles (Waters Corporation, 2014 Industrial Analytical Science Award)
- Amira Guirguis (University of Hertfordshire, Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group, JPAG, Geoffrey Phillips Award)
- Emma Richardson (University College London, Tom West Fellowship*)
- Roberto de la Rica (University of Strathclyde, Tom West Fellowship*)
- Isabel Garcia-Perez (Imperial College London, Tom West Fellowship*)
*Funded by the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund, ACTF
Some of the awardees with Analytical Division Council members, left to right: Roberto de la Rica, Emma Richardson, Isabel Garcia-Perez, Perdita Barran (symposium organizer), Kevin Giles, Shabaz Mohammed, Evan Williams, Melissa Hanna-Brown (Analytical Division President), Alan Handley and Michael Smith
Division President, Melissa Hanna-Brown, made the presentations and led a moving tribute to the late John Green whose family received the Anne Bennett memorial award on his behalf.
Professor Hanna-Brown’s tribute to Dr Green is given below.
The Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science is awarded for outstanding contributions to analytical science.
Awarded biennially to someone who had made outstanding contributions to analytical science, principally through research, but also noting education, consultancy and service to the ...
Awarded to an early career scientist working in any field covering the practice and teaching of the analytical sciences (discontinued in 2008)
Rewarding excellence, Gaining Recognition
Professor Evan Williams, University of California, Berkeley
Dr Shabaz Mohammed, University of Oxford
Ms Sarah McAughtrie, University of Strathclyde
Dr Kevin Giles, Waters Corporation
This is an interest group award administered by the Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group.
The Fellowship has been established to assist early career analytical chemists at UK or Irish HEIs to establish their own independent analytical science research identity
Dr John Green (17 February 1947 - 15 October 2014)
We’d now like to make the presentation of the 2014 Anne Bennett Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. As many of you will know this award was won last year by John Green who very sadly died before he could be presented with it. Today, John’s wife Jo and daughter Anna and Anna’s husband Ian are here on John’s behalf, but before we make this presentation I’d just like to say a few words which have been drawn from many sources including the tribute made to John by John’s Son David at his funeral last year. Other friends and colleagues have also contributed to these brief few words, because as a former colleague of John said recently ….
‘John will be missed by many who were touched by his kindness, humility, support and humour'
John was brought up in a staunchly working class area of Birmingham and showed an early interest in maths and science while at school. As a teenager, together with a friend, he performed chemistry experiments at home apparently obtaining quite dangerous chemicals from a shop in the centre of Birmingham. While in the sixth form John was awarded a prestigious W. H. Rhodes scholarship which involved him in travelling across the Atlantic for a three week tour of Canadian universities and industries, along with 47 other sixth formers from other parts of the UK. John always felt that this opportunity was a defining moment; it opened his eyes to a world of opportunities that was almost beyond belief to him.
Greatly encouraged by his supportive parents who had no experience of Higher Education, John went to study chemistry at the University of Nottingham (1965-1968) and after graduating moved to the University of Reading (1968-1971) where he completed a PhD in organic photochemistry.
John always enjoyed a range of, mainly outdoor, interests in addition to his love of chemistry – especially hiking and cycling. And so immediately after completing his PhD he got a job guiding Ramblers Association walking holidays in the Swiss Alps for 3 months. He was always very thoroughly prepared before each of the groups arrived and managed to save up enough money over that summer to pay for a guide to take him up the Matterhorn. John was particularly fond of this exploit – and apparently later in life when he saw pictures of the mountain he would recall and trace the exact route he had taken in 1971. During the 1970’s and early 80’s he continued to lead Ramblers Groups during his own holidays. This is how he met his wife of 35 years, Jo, who is with us today.
On his return to England he took up a Post-Doc position at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory at the University of Oxford and then moved to industry, working initially at International Synthetic Rubber (Hythe, Hampshire) then at the research centres of British American Tobacco (Southampton) and BP Chemicals (Saltend, Hull). Initial research was focussed on organic photochemistry under the leadership of Professor D Bryce-Smith and Dr A Gilbert. His industrial career included research into multifunctional catalysts for polymerisation, flavour isolation and the analysis, development and application of chromatographic and spectroscopic on-line analysis to manufacturing processes and was one of the early pioneers in this field.
Association with academia has played an important role in John's work both as an Honorary Chair of Chemistry at the University of Hull, a visiting lecturer at City University in Dublin and as an external examiner for MSc students at Northumbria University and the University of Malta. Research at Hull University and with CPACT (the Centre for Process Analytics and Control Technology) led to valuable collaborative projects of industrial relevance.
It was during the 1970’s that John became involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry – an association that lasted right up to the time of his death – it was an incredibly important part of his life. John served at local section level (Mid-Southern Counties and Hull & East Riding Sections) and with the Analytical Division (as AD Council Member, AD Honorary President and AD Honorary Treasurer). He was a member of the Analytical Methods Committee and represented the Analytical Division at Eurachem General Assemblies. John was particularly interested in Eurachem’s Education & Training activities. He was also an active member of the VAM Working Group for ten years from 1997. John served as a member of RSC Council, the Society’s Investment Committee and the Benevolent Fund Grants Committee.
As we have already mentioned John’s life had many facets and his commitment to his family was paramount. He actually turned down a BP promotion move to London just a year after moving to the company since he felt a move to London at that point would be less desirable for his family. He encouraged his young family in outdoor pursuits including family holidays, regardless of weather conditions, for example in the Lake District and North Wales - multi-day walks, overnighting in Youth Hostels. Cycling also remained one of his passions and in 2002 he cycled from Land's End to John ‘O’ Groats with his son Andrew - 977 miles over 15 days. Up until the last couple of years John was cycling at least 100 miles every month. Other interests included his love of gardening, wildlife, music and more. He was also a man of Faith and requested that his funeral take place in Beverley Minster. Characteristically, however, he didn't push his opinions on others - he led by example.
The last 15 months of his life were unfortunately focused on managing his difficult illness with the great support of his wife and family, but was able to fully participate in his daughter’s marriage last year – which was a wonderful celebration.
Many people were touched by John and learnt much from him. His professional colleagues learnt much not just about chemistry but also about leadership, contributing to the field and loyalty of friendship. John was held in high regard by very many people. This award is very well deserved and reflects his enormous contribution over many years.
The Anne Bennett Memorial Award for Distinguished Service recognises exceptional voluntary services over a period of years to the RSC Analytical Division - typically at least ten years. John’s citation for this award reads…
“Awarded for his exemplary and dedicated service to the RSC Analytical Division and its Committees for more than 25 years. John, during this time, has worked tirelessly to promote analytical chemistry both within his work place, within the NE Region, within the Local Sections and at National level. He has held many positions within the RSC including President and Vice President of the Division, membership of RSC Council and the RSC Benevolent Fund.”
I think you will all agree with me that John was an outstanding winner of this award and I’d now like to invite John’s family to come to receive this award on his behalf.
Melissa Hanna-Brown, President Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division
Left to right: John Monaghan, Alan Handley, Melissa Hanna-Brown, Jo Green, Anna and Ian Bastow (John Green’s daughter and son-in-law)
Dr John Green (Retired), formerly BP Chemicals Ltd
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