Professor Vernon Gibson of the University of Manchester, Imperial College London, and MPLS Visiting Professor of Chemistry at Oxford, has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Lord Lewis Prize.
Professor Gibson won the award for his seminal contributions to fundamental and applied inorganic chemistry, and for critical work in policy setting at the interface of academia with industry and government. Along with his academic work, Professor Gibson has worked closely with industry, becoming Chief Scientist at BP and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Defence. In recognition of his achievements, he also receives a £5,000 cash prize and a medal. On receiving the award, Professor Gibson said:
“I am deeply humbled and honoured to be chosen to receive the Lord Lewis Prize, and do so on behalf of the many talented students, postdocs and colleagues with whom I’ve been privileged to share a wonderful scientific journey."
Professor Pete Edwards FRS, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, commented:
"Not only was Jack (Lord) Lewis one of the most innovative and influential scientists of his generation, he also played a pivotal role in the implementation of science and education policy across academia, industry and government. With his outstanding scientific contributions and innovative and critically-important policy work across industry and government, it is indeed fitting that our distinguished colleague Vernon Gibson is the recipient of this most prestigious award. I am absolutely delighted that Vernon’s contributions have been recognized in this manner."