Gordon Hobday

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Sir Gordon Ivan Hobday (1 February 1916 – 27 May 2015)[1] was a British scientist who worked on penicillin with Alexander Fleming and is noted for his role as director of the Boots research team that developed ibuprofen. He later became chairman of Boots.[2]

He was the 4th Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, of which university he was a graduate.[3] He was Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire 1983–1991.[2] He was knighted in 1979.[4]

He died on 27 May 2015 at the age of 99.[5]


  1. ^ Sleeman, Elizabeth (2003). The International Who's Who: 2004. Europa Publications. p. 737. ISBN 1857432177. 
  2. ^ a b "Two distinguished "old boys" are visiting Long Eaton School today as part of its centenary celebrations.". This is Derbyshire. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chronology: Key Dates From The University's History". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "A scientist and an industrialist". Nottingham Post. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Sir Gordon Hobday
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Hill
Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
Succeeded by
Ronald Dearing
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Philip Francklin
Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Buchanan, Bt