Andrew D. Hamilton

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Andrew D. Hamilton
16th President of
New York University
Assumed office
1 January 2016
Preceded by John Sexton
Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Oxford
In office
1 October 2009 – 31 December 2015
Preceded by John Hood
Succeeded by Louise Richardson
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 63)
Spouse(s) Jennifer
Children Alastair, Claire and Malcolm
Residence Greenwich Village, New York

Andrew David Hamilton, FRS (born 3 November 1952) is a British chemist and academic who is the 16th and current President of New York University. From 2009 to 2015, he served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Before leading Oxford, he was Provost of Yale University from 2004 to 2008.

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] He received honorary doctorates from the University of Surrey, Tsinghua University, and the University of Exeter, among others.[4]


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.[5][6] In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[7]

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.[8] He is an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College and Kellogg College at Oxford.

President of New York University[edit]

On 18 March 2015, New York University announced Hamilton's appointment to begin as the 16th President of the university. His duties began in January, 2016.[9][10] His tenure as president of NYU started on a disastrous note, as just eight months after he took office, NYU dropped from 32nd to 36th in U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation’s top universities.[11] This ranking is lower than even when his predecessor John Sexton took office in 2002, when NYU was ranked 35th.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Hamilton lives in Greenwich Village 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. 
  3. ^ "Professor Andrew Hamilton". The Europaeum. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
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  5. ^ "Andrew D. Hamilton". Department of Chemistry - Yale University. Archived from the original on 30 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Professor Andrew Hamilton". The Europaeum. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "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 Sexton
President of New York University
January 2016-present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Hood
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
October 2009–December 2015
Succeeded by
Louise Richardson