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Patrick Fowler

University of Sheffield, UK


Born: 1956, Manchester, England.


B.Sc. (1977), Ph.D. (1980) in Chemistry, University of Sheffield, U.K.

Academic experience

Professor of Chemistry, University of Sheffield since 2005; previously Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Professor, University of Exeter (1985-2005); Postdoctoral research (Cambridge); Professeur Invité, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (6 periods 1999-2004) and Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (2007). Supervisor for 11 Ph.D. students in Chemistry plus several Postdocs, Masters and Honours research students.

Research fields

Theory, computation and modelling of molecular properties, fullerenes, molecular conduction, aromaticity, rigidity. Main research relevant to project: Applications of methods of Discrete Mathematics, Graph Theory and Group theory  in Chemistry.

Professional experience/leadership/activities

Frequent invited speaker at international scientific meetings in chemistry and chemistry/mathematics crossover; Organiser of conferences and workshops especially in the area of applications of mathematics in chemistry (DIMACS 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006), Computers in Scientific discovery (CSD5 Sheffield, July 2010), New perspectives in Aromaticity (Exeter, 2003); Coordinator of 2 (and partner in a further 3) EU TMR/IHP Networks (1995-2006); Coordinator of Marie-Curie ITN (Exeter 2000-2004); numerous collaborations via British Council, DAAD, etc.; Referee for many top chemistry journals; frequent external examiner of PhD students in UK, Belgium, The Netherlands; member of EPSRC College of referees for 10+ years; editorial adv board MATCH, Mol Phys, Ars Math Contemp;

Awards and honors

Royal Society/Wolfson Research Merit Award 2004-2009; Tilden Lectureship of Royal Society of Chemistry (2004/5); Corday-Morgan Medal of Royal Society of Chemistry 1992; Turner Prize (University of Sheffield) 1981;

Haworth Medal in Chemistry (University of Sheffield) 1977.

Research grants

Various grants from: Royal Society/Wolfson Scheme (2004-1009); EU Frameworks 4+ 1994-2006; ESF and PESC for running conferences; EPSRC for computer resources, equipment and personnel; travel and collaboration grants from British Council.

Published work

Primary author or co-author of 475+ publications including 2 books. h-index 45+.