Many famous chemists were and are at the Department. Two Nobel prizes for chemistry were awarded to our staff, both of whom had done their BSc and PhD degrees here. Sir Derek Barton (1918–1998)received one for organic conformational analysis in 1969 and Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson (1921–1996)in 1973 for organometallic chemistry.
Women in Chemistry
Through the years women have made significant contributions to the Chemistry Department ranging from two of the most celebrated early members Frances Micklethwaite & Martha Whiteley to more recently Professor Sue Gibson awarded an OBE in 2013 for 'services to chemistry and science education’