David Parker (chemist)

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David Parker

Professor Parker in Hong Kong 2018.jpg
Professor David Parker in Hong Kong
Born (1956-07-30) 30 July 1956 (age 65)[1]
EducationDurham Johnston School
King Edward VI High School, Stafford
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (MA, DPhil)
AwardsCorday-Morgan Prize (1987)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDurham University
ThesisStudies in asymmetric crystals (1980)
Academic advisorsJean-Marie Lehn, John M Brown
Doctoral studentsElizabeth New[2]

David Parker (born 30 July 1956)[1] FRS FRSC is an English chemist and professor at the University of Durham.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

David Parker was born in Leadgate, County Durham, the descendant of musical, mining families and the third child of a bank clerk and primary school teacher. He grew up in Durham, England and was educated at Durham Johnston School and briefly at King Edward VI High School, Stafford.[1] Having gained an Open Exhibition to Christ Church, Oxford, he read Chemistry at the University of Oxford, where he gained a First Class degree in 1978, and a DPhil in 1980,[5] based on mechanistic studies in asymmetric catalysis.[6][7][8]

Career and research[edit]

In 1980, he was appointed a NATO Fellowship to work with Jean-Marie Lehn (Nobel Prize, 1987),[9] and was appointed to a Lectureship in Chemistry at Durham University, beginning in January 1982.

Parker's research investigates the design and synthesis of functional molecules, materials and conjugates and has straddled the traditional disciplines of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Often collaborating with European and UK industry, he has worked on diverse collaborative projects leading to the introduction of imaging[10][11] and therapeutic agents,[12] including the antibody conjugate MyloTargR (Celltech Ltd.).

Awards and honours[edit]

Parker gained recognition from the Royal Society of Chemistry, being awarded, among other prizes, the Corday-Morgan Medal (1987),[13] the Hickinbottom Award (1988),[14] an Interdisciplinary Award (RSC, 1996),[15] a Tilden Lectureship (2003)[16] and the Ludwig Mond Prize and Medal (2011).[17] In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)[18] and gained the ICI Prize in Organic Chemistry in 1991 and the Lecoq de Boisbaudran prize in rare earth science in 2012.[19] He served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Durham on two occasions before his fiftieth birthday. In 2014, he was made an EPSRC RISE Fellow, recognising inspiration in science and engineering.[20] Over thirty[citation needed] of his former research group members now hold academic positions in leading universities in 15 countries across the world, from Oxford, Dublin and Durham to Sydney, Hong Kong and Johannesburg.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

During University, Parker played cricket and football. He married [1979], Fiona Mary MacEwan[citation needed] with whom he has two daughters, Eleanor and Julia Rose and a son, Philip. He is a grandfather to three boys: Thomas (2015), Harrison (2017), Alexander (2018) and Rosabelle (2019).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "Parker, Prof. David". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U42978. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  2. ^ New, Elizabeth Joy (2009). Understanding the cellular behaviour of the luminescent lanthanide complexes (PhD thesis). Durham University. OCLC 757073288. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.503234.
  3. ^ "David Parker (0000-0001-5281-5146) – ORCID | Connecting Research and Researchers". orcid.org. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Prof. D Parker – Durham University". Durham University. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. ^ Parker, David (1980). Studies in Asymmetric Catalysis. jisc.ac.uk (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.279472.
  6. ^ Brown, John M.; Parker, David (January 1980). "Intermediates in the asymmetric hydrogenation of unsaturated carboxylic acid derivatives". Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications (8): 342–344. doi:10.1039/c39800000342.
  7. ^ Achiwa, Kazuo; A. Chaloner, Penny; Parker, David (29 September 1981). "The mechanism of asymmetric hydrogenation catalysed by rhodium complexes of chiral pyrrolidinobiphosphines". Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 218 (2): 249–260. doi:10.1016/S0022-328X(00)86107-0.
  8. ^ Brown, John M.; Parker, David (1 May 2002). "Mechanism of asymmetric homogeneous hydrogenation. Rhodium-catalyzed reductions with deuterium and hydrogen deuteride". Organometallics. 1 (7): 950–956. doi:10.1021/om00067a010.
  9. ^ Parker, D. (23 April 2012). "Interview with David Parker". Chemical Communications. 48 (40): 4797. doi:10.1039/c2cc90093a. PMID 22491244.
  10. ^ Sim, Neil; Parker, David (10 April 2015). "Critical design issues in the targeted molecular imaging of cell surface receptors". Chem. Soc. Rev. 44 (8): 2122–2134. doi:10.1039/c4cs00364k. PMID 25711408.
  11. ^ Luca, Elena De; Harvey, Peter; Chalmers, Kirsten H.; Mishra, Anurag; Senanayake, P. Kanthi; Wilson, J. Ian; Botta, Mauro; Fekete, Marianna; Blamire, Andrew M. (17 August 2013). "Characterisation and evaluation of paramagnetic fluorine labelled glycol chitosan conjugates for 19F and 1H magnetic resonance imaging" (PDF). JBIC Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 19 (2): 215–227. doi:10.1007/s00775-013-1028-y. ISSN 0949-8257. PMID 23955558. S2CID 1529929.
  12. ^ Law, Ga-Lai; Pal, Robert; Palsson, Lars O.; Parker, David; Wong, Ka-Leung (24 November 2009). "Responsive and reactive terbium complexes with an azaxanthone sensitiser and one naphthyl group: applications in ratiometric oxygen sensing in vitro and in regioselective cell killing". Chemical Communications (47): 7321–7323. doi:10.1039/b920222f. PMID 20024215.
  13. ^ "RSC Corday-Morgan Prize Previous Winners". rsc.org. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  14. ^ "RSC Hickinbottom Award Previous Winners". rsc.org. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  15. ^ "RSC Interdisciplinary Prize Previous Winners". www.rsc.org. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  16. ^ "RSC Tilden Prize Previous Winners". rsc.org. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Ludwig Mond 2011 Award Winner". rsc.org. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  18. ^ "David Parker". royalsociety.org. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Lecoq de Boisbaudran Award | icfe". icfe8.uniud.it. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  20. ^ "RISE Awards Announced – EPSRC website". epsrc.ac.uk. Retrieved 31 December 2015.

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