Leroy Cronin

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Professor Leroy Cronin PhD FRSE
Professor Lee Cronin in Glasgow
Born (1973-06-01) 1 June 1973 (age 42)
Residence Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Nationality British
Fields Chemistry, Nanoscience, Self Assembly, Supramolecular chemistry, Self-organization, 3D printing
Institutions University of Glasgow
University of Birmingham
Research Institute for Electronic Science, University of Hokkaido
University of Bielefeld
University of Edinburgh
Alma mater University of York
Doctoral advisor Prof. Paul. H. Walton
Known for Chemistry, Nanoscience,[1] Self Assembly, Nanotechnology, Supramolecular chemistry, Self-organization, 3D printing
Notable awards Philip Leverhulme Prize

Leroy "Lee" Cronin (born June 1, 1973) [2] is the Regius Chair of Chemistry in the Department Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, UK.[3][4][5] He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and appointed to the Gardiner Chair in April 2009.


Lee Cronin received his B.Sc. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees from the University of York. From 1997 to 1999, he was a Leverhulme fellow at the University of Edinburgh working with Dr Neil Robertson, and after that he moved to the University of Bielefeld (1999–2000) as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow in the laboratory of Professor Achim Mueller. In 2000 he joined the academic staff at the University of Birmingham, UK, as a Lecturer in Chemistry, and in 2002 he moved to a similar position at the University of Glasgow, UK.

He became Reader at the University of Glasgow in 2005, EPSRC Advanced Fellow and Professor of Chemistry at that institution in 2006, and in 2009 became the Gardiner Professor there. In 2013 he became the Regius Professor of Chemistry (Glasgow). Glasgow is the only University to have a Regius Professor of Chemistry.

Cronin gave the opening lecture at TEDGlobal conference in 2011 in Edinburgh.[6] He outlined initial steps his team at University of Glasgow is taking to create inorganic biology, life composed of non-carbon-based material.

He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize by the Leverhulme Trust in 2007.[7] He was awarded the Corday-Morgan medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012.[8]

Lee Cronin was the subject of a film entitled Inorganica, which documents the progress of his research in inorganic biology and origins of life.[9]


  1. ^ Design and fabrication of memory devices based on nanoscale polyoxometalate clusters C. Busche, L. Vila-Nadal, J. Yan, H. N. Miras, D.-L. Long, V. P. Georgiev, A. Asenov, R. H. Pedersen, N. Gadegaard, M. M. Mirza, D. J. Paul, J. M. Poblet, L. Cronin, Nature , 2014 , 515 , 545-549.
  2. ^ http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/cronin/biography.php Cronin CV
  3. ^ "Prof Leroy Cronin". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.gla.ac.uk:443/newsreview/story.cfm?id=215 University of Glasgow News Review: Tiny molecule is 10,000 times thinner than a single hair
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4573117.stm Chips squeezed by nanoscale work
  6. ^ http://www.ted.com/talks/lee_cronin_making_matter_come_alive.html
  7. ^ "Philip Leverhulme Prize Prizes" (PDF). Leverhulme Trust. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Corday-Morgan Prizes". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  9. ^ "Inorganica". 

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