Jack Edward Baldwin

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Sir Jack Baldwin

Jack Edward Baldwin

(1938-08-08) 8 August 1938 (age 81)
Alma materImperial College London
Known forBaldwin's rules
AwardsNakanishi Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
Doctoral advisorDerek Barton
Doctoral studentsJohn Sutherland
Arms of Sir Jack Baldwin: Argent, on a saltire sable a quatrefoil or[1]

Sir Jack Edward Baldwin FRS[2] (born 8 August 1938)[3][4] is a British chemist. He is a former Waynflete Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford (1978–2005) and the former head of the organic chemistry at Oxford.[5][6]


Baldwin was educated at Brighton Grammar School and Lewes College Grammar School. He attended Imperial College, London (BSc, DIC, PhD).[1] He received his Ph.D. working under the direction of Sir Derek H.R. Barton, FRS, Nobel Laureate.

Career and Research[edit]

Baldwin spent most of the years 1969–1978 at MIT, where he published his most significant work — Baldwin's rules for ring closure reactions. In 1978, he moved to Oxford to become head of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory. The laboratory formally closed in 2003, but his group moved to the new research facility, the Chemistry Research Laboratory on Mansfield road, and he is still[when?] an active researcher at Oxford.

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 230. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ a b Anon (1978). "Jack Baldwin FRS". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17.
  3. ^ a b "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian Media. 8 Aug 2014. p. 39.
  5. ^ "Interview with Baldw in Chem. Commun., 24 January 2006". Archived from the original on 11 October 2006.
  6. ^ Jack Edward Baldwin publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)