Stephen Chapman

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Stephen Kenneth Chapman
Principal of Heriot-Watt University
Assumed office
1 September 2009
Preceded by Professor Anton Muscatelli
Personal details
Born (1959-05-12) 12 May 1959 (age 55)
Spouse(s) Professor Karen Chapman
Children Three
Alma mater Newcastle University
Profession Chemist

Professor Stephen Kenneth Chapman FRSE FRSC CChem PhD (born 1959) is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Early life[edit]

Steve Chapman was born on 12 May 1959 in South Shields, County Durham. Chapman studied at Newcastle University, where he received a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry (1980) and completed a PhD in Chemistry (1983). Steve Chapman carried out his postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a NATO Research Fellowship from 1983 to 1985.


Chapman returned to the UK in 1985 and was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh from 1985–1995, and Professor of Biological Chemistry from 1996. In 2000, he became Head of the University's School of Chemistry, and in August 2006, was appointed as Vice-Principal of Planning, Resources and Research Policy at the University.[1] Externally, Chapman's roles have included the HEFCE TRAC(T) Steering Group, the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee of the Scottish Funding Council, and as a representative on LERU and Universitas 21. He is a member of the Board of UCEA and was a previous member of the Board of Directors of Edinburgh Research and Innovation Limited.[2] He has published over 200 research publications and in 2001 received the Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Award for major contributions to science at the Chemistry/Biology interface.[3]

Heriot-Watt University[edit]

Chapman was appointed Principal of Heriot-Watt University on 18 May 2009, with effect from 1 September 2009.[4] He replaced Professor Anton Muscatelli, who took up a similar position at the University of Glasgow. Upon his arrival, Chapman announced: "Heriot-Watt University is one of the country's leading institutions and has gone from strength to strength in recent years. I believe that, with a clear vision for the future, we are set to continue on this course."[5]

Edith Cowan University[edit]

Chapman has accepted a position at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and is expected to commence in early 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Professor Chapman is married and has three children. His interests include being a supporter of Newcastle United.


  1. ^ "Congratulations to Professor Steve Chapman". University of Edinburgh. 2 June 2006. 
  2. ^ "Freedom of Information Publication Scheme". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Awards 2004". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Professor Steve Chapman appointed new Principal of Heriot-Watt University". Heriot-Watt University. 18 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "New principal is installed at Heriot-Watt". The Scotsman. 2 September 2009. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor Anton Muscatelli
Principal of Heriot-Watt University
1 September 2009–
Succeeded by