Imperial College London

Emeritus Professor Howard R. Morris FRS

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Senior Research Investigator



+44 (0)20 7594 5221h.morris




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103Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





  • Honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), University of Leeds, UK, 2015
  • The 2014 Royal Medal for Interdisciplinary Sciences - for pioneering work in biomolecular mass spectrometry, including strategy and instrument design enabling advanced discovery research and for outstanding entrepreneurship in biopharmaceutical characterisation accelerating the release of new medicinal products, Royal Society, 2014
  • Franklin Medal and Prize, citation: "For contributions to mass spectrometer design which revolutionised peptide sequencing and fuelled the proteomics revolution", Institute of Physics, 2012
  • Blaise Pascal Medal and Prize for Life Sciences and Medicine, European Academy of Sciences, 2010
  • Dottore Honoris Causa Degree in Molecular Biotechnology, University of Naples, Federico II, Italy, 2005
  • Rector's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Imperial College London, 2001
  • Imperial College Teaching Fellow, Imperial College, 1996
  • Rector's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Imperial College London, 1996
  • Gold Medal Awardee with citation "For Distinguished Contributions to Biopolymer Structure Elucidation and to Mass Spectrometry ", University of Naples, Italy, 1989
  • Medal and Prize for Macromolecules and Polymers, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1982
  • BDH Award for Analytical Biochemistry, Gold Medal and Prize, Biochemical Society, 1978

External Positions

  • Appointed Committee Member to Advise Council on General and Honorary Candidates for Fellowship of the Royal Society, The Royal Society, 2019
  • Appointed Member, Audit Committee, Institute of Cancer Research, Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, 2013
  • Appointed Member, Board of Trustees, Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), 2001 - 2005
  • Royal Society Representative, Appointed Council Member, Institute of Cancer Research, London, 1994 - 2001

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Elected Member, European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), 1978 - 1979

Links with Other Academic Bodies

  • Visiting Professor, EEC Large Installation Plan MS Centre, CNR, Naples, Italy, 1993 - 1993
  • Distinguished DOW Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1989 - 1990
  • Invited Visiting Professor, Life Sciences Division, E.I. Dupont, Wilmington, USA, 1984 - 1985
  • Invited Visiting Professor, University of Naples, Italy, 1983 - 1983
  • Invited Visiting Professor, Soviet Academy of Sciences, 1982 - 1982
  • Invited Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, USA, 1978 - 1978

Industrial Connections

  • BIOPHARMASPEC INC, Founder, President and CSO
  • BIOPHARMASPEC LTD, Founder, Chairman and CSOCRO to the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Founder, Chairman and CSO M-SCAN Group of Companies, CRO to the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, 2015
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, FRS, Royal Society, 1988