Warren was educated at Cheadle Hulme School near Manchester and read the Natural Sciences Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge. He stayed at Cambridge to complete a PhD with Malcolm Clark, before moving to Harvard to do post-doctoral research with F. H. Westheimer. Dr Warren returned to Trinity as a research fellow and subsequently took up a post as a teaching fellow at Churchill College in 1971. He remained a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge until his retirement in 2006.
The Warren group
Warren's research group is renowned for having produced some of the most successful organic chemistry academics in the UK, including:
- Professor Varinder Aggarwal, Professor Paul Wyatt (University of Bristol)
- Professor Jonathan Clayden (University of Manchester)
- Professor Peter O'Brien (University of York)
- Professor Adam Nelson (University of Leeds)
- Professor Kelly Chibale (University of Cape Town)
- Professor Iain Coldham (University of Sheffield)
- Professor Nikolai Kuhnert (Jacobs University Bremen)
- Dr. David Fox (University of Warwick)
- Dr. Lorenzo Caggiano (University of Bath)
- Dr. Richard Hartley (University of Glasgow)
- Dr. Julian Knight (Newcastle University)
- Dr. Jason Eames (University of Hull)
- Dr. Nick Greeves (University of Liverpool)
- Dr. Daniel Sejer Pedersen (University of Copenhagen)
- Dr. Stephen Thomas (University of Edinburgh)
Warren is well known for his university-level textbooks Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group (1974), Designing Organic Syntheses: The Synthon Approach (1978), Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (first edition 1982, second edition 2008), and its graduate-level sequel, Organic Synthesis: Strategy and Control (2007). He is perhaps best known as one of the authors of the best-selling undergraduate text Organic Chemistry (first edition 2000, second edition 2012), which he wrote with his former students Jonathan Clayden and Nick Greeves, and fellow Cambridge lecturer Peter Wothers.
- "Natural Sciences: At the chalk face". Churchill College, Cambridge. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
- "Master, Fellows and Subjects 2009/10". Churchill College, Cambridge. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
- "Stuart Warren Retirement Conference". Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. Retrieved 14 May 2010.[dead link]
- Warren, Stuart (1974). Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group: A Programmed Approach to Organic Reaction Mechanisms. ISBN 978-0-471-92104-2.
- Warren, Stuart (1978). Designing Organic Syntheses: The Synthon Approach. ISBN 978-0-471-99612-5.
- Warren, Stuart (1982). Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (1st ed.). ISBN 978-0-471-10161-1.
- Warren, Stuart; Wyatt, Paul (2008). Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (2nd ed.). ISBN 978-0-470-71236-8.
- Warren, Stuart; Wyatt, Paul (2007). Organic Synthesis: Strategy and Control (2nd ed.). ISBN 978-0-471-92963-5.
- Clayden, Jonathan; Greeves, Nick; Warren, Stuart; Wothers, Peter (2001). Organic Chemistry (1st ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-850346-0.
- "The Sceptical Chymist: The Nature Chemistry blog. Reactions - Stuart Warren".