Derrick Clive was born in London and attended schools in South Africa and England. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. (D. H. R. Barton and J. E. Baldwin) from Imperial College, and held a postdoctoral position at Harvard in Woodward's group. He then returned to England where he was successively an I.C.I. Fellow at Imperial College, a lecturer at King's College, London, and a scientist in the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge. In 1975 he joined the Chemistry Department of the University of Alberta, where he is now Professor of Chemistry. He has published over 170 papers in two areas: synthetic methods - involving mainly selenium chemistry and radical cyclization - and the synthesis of complex natural products with significant biological properties.