Robin Clark#

Robin Clark

Sadly, this member passed away.
Membership Number:901
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM
Section:CHEMICAL SCIENCES
Username:rclark
Elected:1990



Robin Clark passed away December 6, 2018.

Positions Held
  • 2009 Sir William Ramsay Professor Emeritus
  • 1989 - 2008 Sir William Ramsay Professor
  • 1989 - 1999 Head, Department of Chemistry
  • 1987 - 1989 Dean of Science
  • 1982 Professor
  • 1972 - 1981 Reader, University College London
  • 1963 - 1971 Lecturer, University College London
  • 1962 Assistant Lecturer, University College London

Fields of Scholarship
  • Synthetic, spectroscopic and structural studies on transition metals
  • Mixed-valence compounds and the inorganic chemistry/materials science frontier
  • Metal-metal bonded species such as [Re2Cl8]2-, Rh2(O2CCH3)4, [Mo2(CN)8]4-
  • Oxalate-bridged and perfluorophthalate-bridged complexes of dimolybdenum and ditungsten
  • Infrared, Raman and Resonance Raman Spectroscopy
  • Identification of chromophores and the determination of excited state molecular geometries
  • Matrix isolation spectroscopy and spectroelectrochemistry
  • Raman characterisation of semiconductors and doped carbon nanotubes
  • Titanium dioxide and its self-cleaning properties when deposited on plate glass
  • Raman microscopy, pigment identification and the Arts/Science/Archeology interface

Honours and Awards
  • 1969 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1983 - 1984 Tilden Lecturer and Medallist of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1989 - 1990 Nyholm Lecturer and Medallist of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1989 Honorary Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 1990 Fellow of the Royal Society of London
  • 1990 Member, Academia Europaea
  • 1991 Thomas Graham Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1992 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • 1992 Fellow of University College London
  • 1993 Harry Hallam Memorial Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1994 Carman Lecturer of the South African Chemical Institute
  • 1996 Kobe University, Japan, President’s Medal
  • 1998 Joannes Marcus Marci Medal of the Czech Spectroscopy Society
  • 2000 Harry Hallam Memorial Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2000 UK - Canada Rutherford Lecturer (biennial), Royal Society London
  • 2001 Hon. DSc (Cant.)
  • 2001 Sidey Medal, Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 2003 - 2004 Liversidge Lecturer and Medallist (biennial), Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award of the New Zealand Society, London
  • 2004 Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)
  • 2004 Honorary Life Fellow, Royal Institution of Great Britain
  • 2007 Foreign Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India
  • 2008 Bakerian Lecture, the premier annual "Prize Lecture" and Medal in the physical sciences, Royal Society of London
  • 2009 Franklin-Lavoisier Prize, Maison de la Chimie (Paris) and Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia) – inaugural, biennial medal
  • 2009 Chemical Institute of Canada Public Lecture Award, Canada
  • 2009 - 2010 Sir George Stokes Award/Lecture and Gold Medal (biennial) of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2010 Elected International Member, American Philosophical Society
  • Burlington House Lecturer, First Joint Royal Academy of Arts/Royal Society of Chemistry, Public Lecture, London 2010
  • 2010 Rutherford Lecturer (annual), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2011 Distinguished Lecturer (biennial), Royal Society of New Zealand, NZ

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