John A. Pickett

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John Pickett
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Fields Chemistry
Alma mater
Thesis Compounds from hydrazine and dinitriles of possible use as blowing agents (1971)
Notable awards Wolf Prize in Agriculture

John Anthony Pickett CBE DSc FRS[1] (born 1945) is a British chemist who is noted for his work on insect pheromones.[2]


Pickett completed Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy[3] degrees at the University of Surrey and was a postdoctoral researcher in organic chemistry at UMIST.[citation needed]

Career and research[edit]

He joining the Brewing Research Foundation.[4] In 1976, he moved to Rothamsted Experimental Station (now Rothamsted Research), studying ways to control insect pests by modifying behavioural activity.[5] He was appointed Head of the Insecticides and Fungicides Department (later the Biological Chemistry Department) in 1984, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Pest and Disease Management in 2007, Scientific Leader of Chemical Ecology in 2010 and is currently[when?] a Michael Elliott[6] Distinguished Research Fellow.

Awards and honours[edit]

He has also been a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham since 1991, and an Honorary Member of the Academic Staff at the University of Reading since 1995. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1996.[1] He was appointed a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (US) in 2014.[citation needed]

He was awarded a share of the 2008 Wolf Prize in Agriculture "for their remarkable discoveries of mechanisms governing plant-insect and plant-plant interactions. Their scientific contributions on chemical ecology have fostered the development of integrated pest management and significantly advanced agricultural sustainability."[citation needed] He delivered the Croonian Lecture the same year to the Royal Society on Plant and Animal Communication.[7]


  1. ^ a b Anon (1996). "Professor John Pickett CBE FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17.  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

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  2. ^ Anon (2006-07-04). "Hope for natural insect repellent". London: BBC News. 
  3. ^ Pickett, John Anthony (1971). Compounds from hydrazine and dinitriles of possible use as blowing agents (PhD thesis). Surrey University of Guildford. OCLC 500540196. 
  4. ^ "John Pickett personal page". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Rothamsted Corporate Press Release". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. 
  6. ^ Pickett, John (2016). "Michael Elliott CBE. 30 September 1924 — 17 October 2007". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. London: Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2016.0018. 
  7. ^ "Professor John Pickett to give Royal Society's Croonian Prize Lecture". BBRSC. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.