Peter Wothers

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Peter David Wothers
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Peter Wothers
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Thesis An examination of the anomeric effect (1996)
Known for International Chemistry Olympiad
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures[1]
Website
twitter.com/peterwothers
www.ch.cam.ac.uk/person/pdw12

Peter David Wothers MBE is a British chemist and author of several popular textbooks aimed at university students. He is a teaching fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and is a fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.[2][3]

Education[edit]

Wothers received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1996 for investigations into the anomeric effect.[4][5][6][7]

Research[edit]

He has co-authored the first edition of the well-known and best-selling Organic Chemistry[8] textbook together with Jonathan Clayden, Nick Greeves and his fellow Cambridge lecturer Stuart Warren. His two other popular works Why Chemical Reactions Happen[9] and Chemical Structure and Reactivity,[10] written with James Keeler, aim to combine the different branches of chemistry into an integrated whole.

Wothers is also very active in promoting chemistry to the wider public, and has won prizes such as the Royal Society of Chemistry President's Award in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to public outreach, handed to him by the RSC President David Phillips.[11] He has also been responsible for organising the International Chemistry Olympiads for several years and has been chair of the 41st edition.[12]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to chemistry through the International Chemistry Olympiad.[13][14]

Television and radio appearances[edit]

Peter Wothers has made numerous television appearances as a chemistry specialist, notably as one of the presenters in the Discovery Channel series "The Big Experiment".[15] In December 2012 he presented the series of three televised Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled 'The Modern Alchemist'.[16]

He was a guest on Andrew Marr's Start the Week on BBC Radio 4: the episode was a Science Special broadcast on 17 December 2012. Wothers talked about modern day chemistry and science along with Ewan Birney, Sanjeev Gupta and Helen Bynum who were also guests on the show.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.richannel.org/christmas-lectures/2012/peter-wothers Watch the Modern Alchemist], 2012 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
  2. ^ "Natural Sciences at St. Catharine's". St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Department of Chemistry Members of Staff". Department of Chemistry, Cambridge. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Wothers, Peter (1996). An examination of the anomeric effect (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ Jones, P. G.; Komarov, I. V.; Wothers, P. D. (1998). "A test for the reverse anomeric effect". Chemical Communications (16): 1695. doi:10.1039/A804354J.  edit
  6. ^ Kirby, A. J.; Komarov, I. V.; Wothers, P. D.; Feeder, N. (1998). "The Most Twisted Amide: Structure and Reactions". Angewandte Chemie International Edition 37 (6): 785. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1521-3773(19980403)37:6<785::AID-ANIE785>3.0.CO;2-J.  edit
  7. ^ Kirby, A. J.; Komarov, I. V.; Wothers, P. D.; Feeder, N.; Jones, P. G. (1999). "Stereoelectronic interactions between hetero-atoms". Pure and Applied Chemistry 71 (3): 385. doi:10.1351/pac199971030385.  edit
  8. ^ Clayden, Jonathan; Greeves, Nick; Warren, Stuart; Wothers, Peter (2001). Organic Chemistry (1st ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-850346-0. 
  9. ^ Keeler, James; Wothers, Peter (2003). Why chemical reactions happen. Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. ISBN 0199249733. 
  10. ^ Wothers, Peter; Keeler, Wothers (2008). Chemical structure and reactivity : an integrated approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978019928930-1. 
  11. ^ "Dr Peter Wothers wins RSC President’s Award". University of Cambridge. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Wins Gold In Chemistry Olympiad". American Chemical Society. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60895. p. b26. 14 June 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Queens-Birthday-Honours-for-Cambridge-computer-game-boss-David-Braben-Cambridge-cancer-blogger-Kate-Elizabeth-Gross-and-charity-volunteer-Jacqui-Braben-20140613223000.htm
  15. ^ "The Big Experiment". Royal Society of Chemistry. April 2008. Retrieved 12 Aug 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012". Royal Institution of Great Britain. August 2012. Retrieved 5 Sep 2012. 
  17. ^ "Start the Wekk - Science Special". BBC. Retrieved 18 December 2012.