2018 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award Winner


Professor Polly Arnold
Professor Polly Arnold
The University of Edinburgh

 

Awarded for pioneering research on transuranic organometallic chemistry.

 

 


About the Winner


Polly holds the Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She obtained degrees from Oxford and Sussex and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at MIT before returning to the UK to a lectureship in 1999. Her research is focused on the design and synthesis of highly reactive f-block complexes that can activate inert small molecules such as carbon oxides, dinitrogen, and hydrocarbons, and that can provide fundamental information on structure and bonding at the bottom of the periodic table. 

Polly has received a variety of awards and prizes including the Lord Kelvin Medal 2017 (Royal Society of Edinburgh), Seaborg Lectureship 2015 (UC Berkeley, USA) and the RSC Corday Morgan prize, 2012. Supported by the Royal Society's 2012 Rosalind Franklin award, Polly also made 'A Chemical Imbalance', a call to action for simple changes to achieve equality of opportunity in science. She was awarded an OBE in the 2017 Queen's birthday honours for her contributions to chemistry and women in STEM. 


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