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I was successively an undergraduate, postgraduate and research fellow at Magdalen College Oxford from 1972 to 1981, first as a Demy and subsequently as a graduate student (supervised by Ray Freeman) and as a Fellow by Examination. In 1978-9 I spent a year's leave of absence with Laurie Hall at the University of British Columbia as an Izaak Walton Killam postdoctoral fellow. In 1982 I moved to Manchester, where I am now Professor of Physical Chemistry. I was awarded the RSC Corday-Morgan prize and medal in 1988, a Leverhulme Fellowship in 1996, and the RSC Industrially-Sponsored Award in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in 2001, and was an invited professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, in 2010. In 2011 I was awarded the Russell Varian Prize for NMR, in 2014 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, in 2015 I received the James N. Shoolery Award, and in 2021 I received the Günther Laukien Prize.


Research interests

Our research involves the development of novel NMR spectroscopy techniques, and their application to problems in chemistry, biochemistry, and medicine. NMR is uniquely flexible, allowing great scope for ingenuity in designing experiments. Multidimensional NMR methods allow detailed structure determination for molecules as large as proteins, while recent advances in instrumentation allow the measurement of localised spectra in human beings. Manchester has one of the best-equipped NMR groups in the world, with over ten superconducting spectrometers in Chemistry alone. Current and projected work includes the development and application of diffusion-ordered spectroscopy (DOSY) methods for the analysis of complex mixtures, the development of new methods for imaging pH in the brain, the use of deconvolution techniques to circumvent instrumental limitations, improved techniques for studying chemical kinetics by NMR, the development of improved methods for chemical structure determination, the use of computer-aided methods for the analysis of complex spectra, and improvements to NMR instrumentation.


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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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