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Craig J. Hawker (born January 11, 1964) is an Australian born chemist. His research has focused on the interface between organic and polymer chemistry with emphasis on the design, synthesis, and application of well-defined macromolecular structures in biotechnology, microelectronics and surface science. Hawker holds more than 45 U.S. patents and has co-authored over 300 papers in the areas of nanotechnology, materials science and chemistry. He is listed as one of the Top 100 most cited chemists worldwide over the decade 1992–2002. Hawker is currently the Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, Co-Director of the Materials Research Laboratory and the Alan and Ruth Heeger Professor of Interdisciplinary Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Hawker received his B.Sc. degree and University Medal in chemistry from the University of Queensland in 1984 and a Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 1988 under the supervision of Professor Sir Alan R. Battersby. He undertook a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Jean Fréchet at Cornell University in polymer chemistry from 1988 to 1990, and then returned to the University of Queensland as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow from 1991 to 1993. In 1993 he joined the IBM Almaden Research Center. Hawker is editor of the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Intezyne, Symyx Technologies, Microbar Systems, and Warwick Effect Polymers. He is Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Queensland.
- Fellow of the Royal Society on May 20, 2010
- 2000 Young Scientists Award from IUPAC
- 2001 Carl S. Marvel Award in Creative Polymer Science by the American Chemical Society
- 2003 Cooperative Research Award from the American Chemical Society with Professor Tom Russell
- 2008 the inaugural DSM Performance Materials Award in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of polymeric performance materials 
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