Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Professor Malcolm Green FRS

Professor Malcolm Green FRS

The Department is sad to announce the death of Professor Malcolm Green FRS. He was one of the towering global figures in the field of organometallic chemistry and was known for his creativity in devising new compounds and in pioneering new ways of making them. He was awarded the prestigious Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 1995 "In recognition of his contribution to organometallic chemistry with particular application to catalytic reactions". He was an inspiration to the huge number of undergraduates, Part II & D.Phil. students and postdocs whom he taught or guided, and all will have their own fond memories of him.
Malcolm graduated from Acton Technical College in 1956 and obtained his PhD from Imperial College in 1959 in the group of Geoffrey Wilkinson. He was briefly an Assistant Lecturer in Cambridge before moving to Oxford for the rest of his career, becoming Fellow of Inorganic Chemistry at Balliol College in 1963 and a University Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in 1965. He was a Royal Society Senior Research Fellow from 1979-86, and in 1989 he was elected to the Statutory Professorship of Inorganic Chemistry and Headship of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, becoming a Fellow of St Catherine's College, until his retirement in 2004. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1985 and was the recipient of many other major awards and prizes from learned societies around the world.
He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. Details of arrangements for a memorial service will be announced in due course.
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