Steve Chapman (chemist)

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Steve Chapman
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Professor Stephen (Steve) Chapman, Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University
Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University
Assumed office
1 April 2015
Principal of Heriot-Watt University
In office
Preceded byAnton Muscatelli
Succeeded byRichard Williams (academic)
Personal details
Steven Kenneth Chapman

(1959-05-12) 12 May 1959 (age 61)
Newcastle, England
Spouse(s)Professor Karen Chapman
ChildrenThree: Rachel, Judy & Matthew
Alma materNewcastle University

Steven Kenneth Chapman CBE FRSE FRSC CChem (born 1959) is Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. Previously he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Early life[edit]

Steve Chapman was born on 12 May 1959 in South Shields, County Durham. Chapman studied at Newcastle University, where he received a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry (1980) and completed a PhD in Chemistry (1983). Steve Chapman carried out his postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a NATO Research Fellowship from 1983 to 1985.


Chapman returned to the UK in 1985 and was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh from 1985–1995, and Professor of Biological Chemistry from 1996. In 2000, he became Head of the University's School of Chemistry, and in August 2006, was appointed as Vice-Principal of Planning, Resources and Research Policy at the University.[1] Externally, Chapman's roles have included the HEFCE TRAC(T) Steering Group, the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee of the Scottish Funding Council, and as a representative on LERU and Universitas 21. He was a member of the Board of UCEA and was a previous member of the Board of Directors of Edinburgh Research and Innovation Limited.[2] He has published over 200 research publications and in 2001 received the Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Award for major contributions to science at the Chemistry/Biology interface.[3] In 2005 Chapman became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Chapman was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to higher education as Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt.[4]

Chapman, in a Heriot Watt University Boat Club blazer, unveiling a new boat named in his honour

Edith Cowan University[edit]

Chapman commenced his current position as Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University in Western Australia in April 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Professor Chapman is married and has three children. His interests include being a supporter of Newcastle United. Since moving to Australia he has chosen to support the West Coast Eagles as his AFL team.


  1. ^ "Congratulations to Professor Steve Chapman". University of Edinburgh. 2 June 2006. Archived from the original on 5 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Freedom of Information Publication Scheme". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Awards 2004" (PDF). Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  4. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N8.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor Anton Muscatelli
Principal of Heriot-Watt University
1 September 2009 to 31 March 2015
Succeeded by
Richard Williams