Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry 2013 Winner
University of Bristol
For his truly original contributions to the field of synthetic organic chemistry that have been sustained, broad-ranging and substantial, particularly with respect to his work in the field of asymmetric synthesis and catalysis.
About the Winner
Varinder K. Aggarwal received his B.A. (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) from Cambridge University, the latter under the guidance of Dr. Stuart Warren. He was subsequently awarded a Harkness Fellowship and carried out postdoctoral work with Professor Gilbert Stork at Columbia University, NY (1986-1988). He returned to a lectureship at Bath University and in 1991 moved to Sheffield University, where in 1997, he was promoted to Professor of Organic Chemistry. In 2000, he moved to the University of Bristol to take up the Chair of Synthetic Chemistry.
His research interests lie in the field of organic chemistry, focusing especially on stereoselective synthesis, mechanistic studies and total synthesis of natural and non-natural products. His aims are to design and develop new synthetic methods, thereby enabling efficient and rapid synthesis of complex targets and biologically relevant compounds.
He is the recipient of the:
He was elected to the Royal Society in 2012.