Ruth Lynden-Bell

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Ruth Marion Lynden-Bell
Born (1937-12-07) 7 December 1937 (age 79)[1]
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of Cambridge
Queen's University, Belfast
University of Sussex
Alma mater Newnham College, Cambridge
Thesis Studies in magnetic resonance (1963)
Doctoral students Mark Gerstein
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society (2006)[2]
Spouse Donald Lynden-Bell

Ruth Marion Lynden-Bell, FRS[2] (born 7 December 1937) is a British chemist, emeritus professor of Queen's University Belfast and the University of Cambridge, and acting President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge from 2011 to 2013.[1]


Ruth Lynden-Bell began her education at King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham. She subsequently obtained degrees from the University of Cambridge,[when?] became a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Sussex, and later returned to Cambridge. In 1995, she moved to Queen's University Belfast as a co-founder of the interdisciplinary Atomistic Simulation Group (now the Atomistic Simulation Centre). She was elected to the Royal Society in 2006[3] and was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship in 2003.[4]


Lynden-Bell researches[5][6][7][8][9] atomistic simulation to investigate the properties of liquids. She is an Emerita Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge (now Murray Edwards College, Cambridge), and was an Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge. She was acting President of Murray Edwards College from Jan 2012 - Dec 2012. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Chemical Physics, Chemical Physics Letters and Science and was an editor of Molecular Physics from 1998 to 2003, as well as having been a member of Boards of Electors to Professorial positions in Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, and Oxford and Cambridge Universities. She was a Professor in the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's and still collaborates on research.[10]


She received an honorary doctorate from Queen's University Belfast in 2009 [11] and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006.[2]


  1. ^ a b "'LYNDEN-BELL, Ruth Marion', Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012". (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c "Fellows of the Royal Society | Royal Society". Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  3. ^ (19 May 2006). Royal Society Elections, University of Cambridge, Department of Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry News Page, Retrieved December 2, 2010
  4. ^ Awards to Individuals 2003, Leverhulme Trust, Retrieved December 2, 2010
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  6. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  7. ^ Del Pópolo, M. G.; Lynden-Bell, R. M.; Kohanoff, J. (2005). "Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulation of a Room Temperature Ionic Liquid". The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 109 (12): 5895–5902. doi:10.1021/jp044414g. PMID 16851642. 
  8. ^ Lynden-Bell, R. M.; Del Pópolo, M. G.; Youngs, T. G. A.; Kohanoff, J.; Hanke, C. G.; Harper, J. B.; Pinilla, C. C. (2007). "Simulations of Ionic Liquids, Solutions, and Surfaces". Accounts of Chemical Research. 40 (11): 1138–1145. doi:10.1021/ar700065s. PMID 17914887. 
  9. ^ Pinilla, C.; Del Pópolo, M. G.; Lynden-Bell, R. M.; Kohanoff, J. (2005). "Structure and Dynamics of a Confined Ionic Liquid. Topics of Relevance to Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells". The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 109 (38): 17922–17927. doi:10.1021/jp052999o. PMID 16853300. 
  10. ^ Honorary Degree information from Queen's University Belfast
  11. ^ Torney, Kathryn (6 July 2009). Queen's University of Belfast Graduations, The Belfast Telegraph, Retrieved December 2, 2010 ("Queen’s University professor Emerita Ruth Lynden-Bell will be awarded Doctorates of Science for distinction in chemistry at a ceremony tonight.")
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jennifer Barnes
President of New Hall, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Barbara Stocking