Andrew D. Hamilton

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Andrew D. Hamilton
Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Oxford
Assumed office
1 October 2009
Preceded by John Hood
Provost of Yale University
In office
1 October 2004 – 1 October 2008
Preceded by Susan Hockfield
Succeeded by Peter Salovey
Personal details
Born Andrew David Hamilton
(1952-11-03) 3 November 1952 (age 62)
Spouse(s) Jennifer
Children Alastair, Claire and Malcolm
Residence Oxford

Andrew David Hamilton, FRS (born 3 November 1952) is a British chemist and academic. Since 2009, he has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Previously, he was Provost of Yale University from 2004 to 2008. In March 2015, it was announced that he will be the next President of New York University; he will officially take up his duties in January 2016.

Early life[edit]

Andrew Hamilton was a pupil at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. He studied chemistry at the University of Exeter, graduating with a first class Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.[1] After studying for a master’s degree at the University of British Columbia, he received his Ph.D. degree from St John's College, Cambridge in 1980 with a thesis titled "Models for oxygen-binding hemoproteins" under the supervision of Alan R. Battersby[2] and then spent a post-doctoral period at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg.[3]


In 1981, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University then in 1988 as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1997 he moved to Yale as Benjamin Silliman Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. Hamilton's research has spanned porphyrin, supramolecular, medicinal, bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology. His laboratory is most noted for the design of barbiturate hosts, farnesyl tranferase inhibitors, protein surface binders, and helix mimetics.[4][5] In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[6]

He also served as Provost of Yale University from October 2004 to October 2008 after his predecessor, Susan Hockfield, was appointed the 16th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had previously served as Deputy Provost for Science and Technology for one year under Hockfield, and as chairman of the department of chemistry at Yale.

On 3 June 2008, Oxford University announced Hamilton's nomination for the post of Vice-Chancellor. On 16 June, it was confirmed that he would succeed John Hood and assume the post for a period of seven years on 1 October 2009.[7] He is an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College and Kellogg College.

On 18 March 2015, New York University announced Hamilton's appointmee to beginnt as the 16th President of the university, with his duties due to start in January 2016.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Hamilton lives in Oxford with his wife Jennifer. He has three children, Alastair, Claire, and Malcolm.


  1. ^ Topping, Alexandra (6 June 2008). "Profile: Professor Andrew Hamilton". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Battersby, A.; Hamilton, A.; McDonald, E.; Mombelli, L.; Wong, O. (1980). "Biosynthesis of porphyrins and related macrocycles. Part 13. Structure of the protoporphyrin isomer derived from coproporphyrinogen IV by the action of beef-liver coproporphyrinogenase: Synthesis of protoporphyrin XIII". Journal of the Chemical Society. Perkin transactions 1 6: 1283–1289. PMID 7190574.  edit
  3. ^ "Professor Andrew Hamilton". The Europaeum. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Andrew D. Hamilton". Department of Chemistry - Yale University. Archived from the original on 30 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  5. ^ Estroff, L. A.; Hamilton, A. D. (2004). "Water Gelation by Small Organic Molecules". Chemical Reviews 104 (3): 1201–1218. doi:10.1021/cr0302049. PMID 15008620.  edit
  6. ^ "Professor Andrew Hamilton". The Europaeum. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Declaration of approval of appointment of Vice-Chancellor". Oxford University Gazette. 2008-06-20. Archived from the original on 29 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
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Academic offices
Preceded by
John Hood
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
October 2009–
Succeeded by