Lord Lewis Prize 2012 Winner
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
For his seminal contribution to physical chemistry and his outstanding record as UK Chief Scientific Advisor to UK Government and Head of the Government Office for Science, 2000-2007.
About the Winner
Sir David King is the Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Senior Scientific Advisor to UBS and Science Adviser to President Kagame of Rwanda. He serves as Chair of the UK National Oceanography Centre Advisory Board.
Sir David was born in South Africa in 1939, and after an early career at the University of Witwatersrand, Imperial College and the University of East Anglia, he became the Brunner Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Liverpool in 1974. In 1988 he was appointed 1920 Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and subsequently became Master of Downing College (1995-2000), Head of the University Chemistry Department (1993-2000), and Director of Research in the Department of Chemistry (until September 2010). He has published over 500 papers on his research in chemical physics and on science and policy, and has received numerous prizes, fellowships, and honorary degrees.
He was the UK Government's Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office of Science from October 2000 to 31 December 2007.
Sir David was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1998 and Honorary Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. He was knighted in 2003 for his work in science, and received the award of "Officier dans l'ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur" from the French President in 2009 for his work on climate change and on negotiating the international agreement to build the world's largest technology project, the ITER fusion reactor.