Chris Dobson

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Christopher Dobson
Born 8 October 1949
Residence Cambridge
Fields Chemistry and Biophysics
Institutions St John's College, Cambridge
Alma mater University of Oxford
University of Harvard
Notable awards Stein and Moore Prize (2003),
Hans Neurath Prize (2006),
Award of the Protein Society,
Davy Medal of the Royal Society (2005),
Four Honorary Degrees in Science and Medicine,
Royal Medal of the Royal Society (2009)
Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics (2014)

Christopher Martin "Chris" Dobson, FRS, (born 8 October 1949[1]) is a British chemist, John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology at the University of Cambridge, and Master of St John's College, Cambridge.[2]

Dobson's research is largely concerned with protein folding and misfolding.[3]


Having completed a BA and D.Phil at the University of Oxford (Keble College and Merton College), Dobson held research fellowships at Merton and then Linacre College before working at Harvard University. He returned to Oxford in 1980 as a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and as a university lecturer in chemistry, later receiving promotions to reader, then professor, in chemistry.[1] Dobson has been at Cambridge since 2001 and has been Master of St John's College, Cambridge since 2007.[4]

In 2009 he was awarded the Royal Medal by the Royal Society "for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms of protein folding and mis-folding, and the implications for disease."


Professor Dobson's accolades include:

  • Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 1981[5]
  • Howard Hughes International Research Scholar, 1992[5]
  • Brunauer Award, American Ceramic Society, 1996[5]
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, 1996[5]
  • Dewey and Kelly Award, University of Nebraska, 1997[5]
  • National Lecturer, American Biophysical Society, 1998[5]
  • Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, 1999[5]
  • Interdisciplinary Award, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 1999[5]
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leuven, Belgium, 2001[5]
  • Presidential Visiting Scholar, University of California San Francisco, 2001[5]
  • Bijvoet Medal, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2002[5]
  • Silver Medal, Italian Society of Biochemistry, 2002[5]
  • Royal Society Bakerian Lecturer, 2003[5]
  • Stein and Moore Award, The Protein Society, 2003[5]
  • Honorary Member, National Magnetic Resonance Society of India, 2004[5]
  • Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences, 2005[5]
  • Honorary Doctor of Medicine, Umea University, Sweden, 2005[5]
  • Davy Medal, The Royal Society, 2005[5]
  • Hans Neurath Award, The Protein Society, 2006[5]
  • Honorary Doctor of Medicine, University of Florence, Italy, 2006[5]
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Liège, Belgium, 2007[5]
  • Sammet Guest Professor, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, 2007[5]
  • Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2007[5]
  • Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance, 2008[5]
  • Honorary Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford, 2008[5]
  • Honorary Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, 2008[5]
  • Honorary Fellow, Merton College, University of Oxford, 2009[5]
  • Honorary Fellow, Keble College, University of Oxford, 2009[5]
  • Royal Medal, The Royal Society, 2009[5]
  • Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Council of India, 2010[5]
  • Khorana Award, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010[5]
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, Kings College London, 2012[6]
  • Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, 2013 [7]
  • Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), 2014 [8]


Dobson has written or contributed to some 478 publications as listed via PubMed.[9] According to his Short CV, Professor Dobson has published more than 550 papers and review articles, including more than 30 in Nature and Science. Of these, 150 were published within the last five years. His current h-score (based on citations) is 100.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Perham
Master of St John's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by