Judith Howard

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Judith Howard

Judith Ann Kathleen Duckworth

21 October 1945 (age 71)
Alma materUniversity of Bristol (BSc)
University of Oxford (DPhil)
Spouse(s)David Howard
AwardsRoyal Society of Chemistry Prize for Structural Chemistry (1999)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDurham University
University of Oxford
ThesisThe study of some organic crystal structures by neutron diffraction
Doctoral advisorDorothy Hodgkin
Doctoral studentsJacqui Cole[1]

Judith Ann Kathleen Howard[3] CBE FRS (née Duckworth; 21 October 1945 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire) is a distinguished British chemist, crystallographer and Professor of Chemistry at Durham University.[4][5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Judith Howard attended Salisbury Grammar School for girls, and later attended University of Bristol in 1963 to study chemistry.[7]

As a final year undergraduate, Howard worked on the structure of the compound, tin tetra-iron-tetra carbonyl, which was the basis of her very first published work.[3]

She graduated from University of Bristol with a Bachelor of Science degree and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy[8] degree from the University of Oxford where she was a student Somerville College, Oxford and studied the structure of insulin supervised by Dorothy Hodgkin.[7]

Career and research[edit]

In 1991 Howard moved to become Professor of Crystallography at Durham University.[7] She has co-authored over 1,500 scientific publications, resulting in a H-index of 73.[9]

Howard's research is in x-ray crystallography. Her interests include in-situ crystallisation of liquids, ultra-low temperature crystallography, high pressure crystallography, experimental charge density analysis, solid-state reactions the study of non-linear optical materials and magnetically interesting materials.[4]

Howard has created instruments that allow scientists to help advance and prove theories in the field of X-ray crystallography.[10] She is the chairperson of the Olexsys software for refinement of crystallographic data.[11]

Prolific in her contributions to science, with over 1,500 publications to her name,[10] Judith actively participates in committees and conferences worldwide. She was the first woman to head a five-star chemistry department (at the University of Durham), and served as President of the British Crystallographic Association.[when?]

Awards and honours[edit]

She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at the University of Bristol in 1986.[12] In 2005 she received an Honorary Degree from the University of Bath. In 2016 she received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of East Anglia.[13] Other awards include:


  1. ^ Cole, Jacqueline Manina (1997). Structural studies of organic and organometallic compounds using x-ray and neutron techniques (PhD thesis). Durham University. OCLC 498562279. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.246419. Free to read
  2. ^ "Crystallography". In Our Time. 29 November 2012. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Judith Ann Kathleen Howard | Graduation | University of Bristol". Bristol.ac.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Prof. JA Howard - Durham University". Dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  5. ^ "BioMed Central - Search results for: Howard_J All words All fields (f…". Archive.is. 21 January 2013. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Google Scholar". Scholar.google.com. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Crace, John (26 September 2006). "Judith Howard: Crystal gazing". Theguardian.com. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ Howard, Judith Ann Kathleen (1971). The study of some organic crystal structures by neutron diffraction. Jisc.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 500477155. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.459789.
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ a b c Anon (2002). "Judith Howard FRS". Royalsociety.org. Royal Society. Retrieved 14 June 2017. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  11. ^ Dolomanov, Oleg V.; Bourhis, Luc J.; Gildea, Richard J.; Howard, Judith A. K.; Puschmann, Horst (2009). "OLEX2: a complete structure solution, refinement and analysis program". Journal of Applied Crystallography. 42 (2): 339–341. doi:10.1107/s0021889808042726. ISSN 0021-8898.
  12. ^ "Bristol University | Public and Ceremonial Events Office | Honorary degrees". Bristol.ac.uk. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Honorary Graduates of the University". Portal.uea.ac.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.