Andrew Hamilton

College position:

Professor Andrew Hamilton has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 6 October 2009.

Hamilton read Chemistry at the University of Exeter, after which he studied for a MA at the University of British Columbia and DPhil from Cambridge University. He also spent a post-doctoral period at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg.  

In 1981 Hamilton was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, then in 1988 served as a department chair and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined Yale in 1997 and was Provost of Yale from 2004 until October 2008, where he combined a wide-range of administrative duties with teaching and research. 

Hamilton's research interests lie at the interface of organic and biological chemistry, with particular focus on the use of synthetic design for the understanding, mimicry and potential disruption of biological processes. His academic achievements have been widely recognized internationally. In 1999 he received the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society;  he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2010; and received the International Izatt Christiansen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry in 2011.