Pedler Award 2014 Winner


Professor David Leigh
Professor David Leigh

The University of Manchester

For his pioneering work on the biologically inspired design and synthesis of artificial molecular machines.

About the Winner


David Leigh obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1987 and, after postdoctoral research at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, David returned to the UK as a Lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1989. In 1998 he moved to the University of Warwick as Professor of Synthetic Chemistry and in 2001 he took up the Forbes Chair of Organic Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. In 2012 David returned to Manchester where he is currently the Sir Samuel Hall Chair of Chemistry.

David's research interests include the development of new strategies for interlocked molecule synthesis and the design and construction of artificial molecular motors and machines. He has won a number of major international awards including the Izatt-Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry, EU Descartes Prize and the Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2009. 


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