Professor Paul Walton
Professor Paul Walton obtained his PhD in 1990 from the University of Nottingham, followed by two years as a NATO/SERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He joined the Department of Chemistry at York as a faculty member in 1993 and between 2004 and 2010 he was chair of the department.
His main research area is bioinorganic chemistry, in which he has made contributions to the understanding of copper oxidases, including the discovery of the histidine brace. Professor Walton is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Royal Society of Chemistry's Higher Education Teaching Award, the RSC's 2016 Joseph Chatt Award for outstanding multidisciplinary research, the IChemE's Global Award for energy research and the Royal Society's inaugural Athena Prize for gender equality work (runner up). He has also been the editor of Dalton Transactions (2004–2008), chair of Heads of Chemistry UK, chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Diversity Committee and is one the RSC's 175 Faces of Chemistry. Paul is an internationally-known advocate of equality in sciences and lectures widely on the subject.
Professor Gideon Davies
Professor Gideon Davies received his PhD from the University of Bristol in 1990, and went on to postdoctoral research at EMBL Hamburg and CNRS Grenoble. He is currently the Royal Society Ken Murray Research Professor at the University of York. Gideon’s main area of research is the chemical and structural biology of carbohydrate-active enzymes. He has pioneered work on the conformational analysis of enzyme mechanism as well as the dissection of enzymes involved in polysaccharide synthesis and degradation. He has won a number of awards including the Davy Medal of the Royal Society.