Charles Rees Award 2010 Winner

Anthony Barrett
Anthony Barrett
Imperial College London

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to synthetic and heterocyclic chemistry ranging from the total synthesis of complex natural products to the synthesis of multimetallic porphyrazine arrays. 

About the Winner

Anthony Barrett obtained his B.Sc. degree with 1st class honors (1973) and his Ph.D. (1975) with Professor Sir Derek H.R. Barton (Nobel Laureate) at Imperial College (IC). He was appointed lecturer in organic chemistry (1975) at IC and senior lecturer (1982). 

In 1983, he was appointed full professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and in 1990 moved to Colorado State University.  After ten years research in the USA, he returned to IC as Glaxo Professor of Organic Chemistry, Director of the Wolfson Centre for Organic Chemistry in Medical Science and Head of the Organic Section. He was appointed the Sir Derek Barton Professor of Synthetic Chemistry in 1999.

He has co-authored over 360 publications and over 20 patents on natural product, heterocyclic, organometallic and porphyrazine chemistry, catalysis and parallel synthesis.

He has received numerous awards for his contributions to research from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Glaxo Wellcome and the Specialised Organic Sector Association. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (1999) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (2003).

He is a co-Founder of Argenta Discovery, now Pulmagen Therapeutics, in the UK and iThemba Pharmaceuticals in South Africa and is a consultant to major international pharmaceutical and chemical companies globally.

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