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Professor David A Leigh

Royal Society Research Professor&

Sir Samuel Hall Professor of Chemistry

Distinguished Professor

School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering

East China Normal University




ORCID: 0000-0002-1202-4507

Academic CareerB.Sc. (1984); Ph. D. (1987) University of Sheffield
1987-89 Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Research Council of Canada (Ottawa)
1989-95 Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
1996-98 Reader in Organic Chemistry, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
1998-2001 Chair of Synthetic Chemistry, University of Warwick
1998-2003 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow
2001-12 Forbes Chair of Organic Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
2012-13 Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Manchester
2014- Sir Samuel Hall Chair of Chemistry, University of Manchester
2016-26 Royal Society Research Professor
2018 Distinguished Professor, East China Normal University
Recent Prize & Named Lectures2004 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2005 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy of Science & Letters
2009 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (London), the National Academy of Science of the UK and the Commonwealth
2015 Elected to the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Science, Humanities & Letters
2018 Peiyang Lecture, Tianjin University, China
2018 Xingda Lecture, Peking University, China
2018 Molecular Science Forum Lecture, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
2018 Xuetang Lecture, Tsinghua University, China
2019 World Distinguished Scholar Forum Lecture, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
2019 The SUSTech Science Lecture, Southern University of Science & Technology, Shenzhen, China
2019 Lu Jiaxi Lectureship, Xiamen University, China
2019 Distinguished Lu Jiaxi Lecturer, Haixi Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fujian, China
2019 Wenkui Forum Lecture, Lanzhou University, China
2019 Zhou Huijiu Forum Lecture, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
2019 Qujiang Forum Lecture, Shangxi Normal University, China
2019 Zhongjian Yang Lecture, Xi'an Northwest University, China
2019 Honorary Membership of the Israel Chemical Society
2020 Academic Influence ’Top Influential Chemists 2010-2020’
2021 Royal Medal, Royal Society of Edinburgh
2023 Royal Society of Chemistry Horizon Prize: vPerkin Prize in Physical Organic Chemistry