Birth and education
Fraser Armstrong was born in Cambridge, England, in 1951. He obtained his BSc (1975) and PhD (1978) at the University of Leeds with Geoff Sykes and then carried out postdoctoral research with Peter Kroneck (Konstanz), Ralph Wilkins (New Mexico), Helmut Beinert (Madison), and H Allen O Hill (Oxford).
In 1983 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship which he held in Oxford until 1989, when he joined the Chemistry Faculty at the University of California, Irvine. He moved to his present position in 1993. His interests are in biological redox chemistry, in particular the application of dynamic electrochemical techniques in studies of complex electron-transfer and catalytic reactions in proteins, and most recently the mechanisms and exploitation of biological hydrogen cycling. He was the president of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) from 2004 to 2006.
Honours and awards
- 1998 European Medal for Biological Inorganic Chemistry
- 2000 The Royal Society of Chemistry award for Inorganic Biochemistry
- 2003 Carbon Trust Academic Innovation Award (with Kylie Vincent)
- 2004 Max-Planck "Frontiers in Biological Chemistry" Award
- 2006 The Royal Society of Chemistry Medal for Interdisciplinary Chemistry
- 2008 Fellow of the Royal Society
- 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry Joseph Chatt Award.
- 2012 The Royal Society Davy Medal.
- 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry Barker Award
- Fraser A. Armstrong, H. Allen O. Hill, Nicholas J. Walton: Direct electrochemistry of redox proteins. In: Accounts of Chemical Research. 21, 1988, p 407–413, doi:10.1021/ar00155a004.