Jonathan’s CV


Jonathan Clayden MA PhD CChem FRSC MAE

School of Chemistry
University of Bristol
Cantock’s Close
Bristol BS8 1TS


tel +44 (0)117 331 8054

2015-present: Professor of Chemistry, University of Bristol
2001-2015: Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Manchester
2000-2001: Reader in Chemistry, University of Manchester
1994-2000: Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Manchester
1992-1994: Royal Society Western European Research Fellow and Post-doc with Prof Marc Julia at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris on transition metal catalysed reactions of sulfones, and carbenoid chemistry
1989-1992: PhD at University of Cambridge with Dr Stuart Warren on asymmetric synthesis using phosphine oxide chemistry
1986-1989: BA (Natural Sciences) at Churchill College, University of Cambridge
1968: Born: Kampala, Uganda

2022: Elected Member of the Academia Europaea
2020: European Research Council Advanced Grant DOGMATRON
2019: Prix Franco-Britannique de la Société Française de Chimie
2018: Tilden Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2011: Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
2011: Merck Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2011: European Research Council Advanced Grant ROCOCO
2009: Leverhulme Research Fellowship
2006: Hickinbottom Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2006: Stereochemistry Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2004: Novartis European Young Investigator Award
2003: Corday-Morgan Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2003: Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow
2001: Pfizer Prize
2001: AstraZeneca Prize
1998: GlaxoWellcome Prize for Innovative Organic Chemistry
1997: Meldola Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Named Lectureships and Visiting Professorships
2013: Visiting professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI
2012: AstraZeneca Lecturer, University of Montréal
2008: Merck-Frosst Lecturer, Toronto/Montréal
2006: Frank Warren Lecturer, Cape Town
2006: Visiting Professor, Università degli studi di Firenze, Italy
2005: Ginsburg Lecturer, Technion-Haifa Institute of Technology, Israel
2005: Visiting professor, École Européenne de Chimie, Polymères, Matériaux, Strasbourg, France
2003: Visiting professor, Université de Bordeaux I, France
2000, 2001: Visiting professor, Institut pour la Recherche en Chimie Organique Fine, Université de Rouen and Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Rouen, France

A scratched window inscription at Montacute, in Somerset…


Felix cui mentis vis et divinior ardor
Intima naturae pandere sacra dedit
Qui potuit causas scrutari et foedera rerum
Qui Newtone tuis gressibus ire comes
Felix ille etiam curas qui novit agrestes
Qui novit varias quas habet hortus opes
& quaenam arboribus novit natura creandis
Quo potior surgat singula quaeque solo
& quae felici limo atque uligine stagni
& quae saxosis gaudeat herba lugis
Quaeque reformidat Boreae penetrabile frigus
Quaeque inter Scythicas frondeat usque nives
Nec tenuem incuses nec dedignare laborem
Hic etiam curam maximus auctor habet
Non illum caeli tantum inter lumina quaeras
Est etima in minimis quo fateare Deum

Happy is the man who has a sharp mind and spiritual passion
to reveal the innermost secrets of nature.
Who can grasp of the causes and relationships of things,
who can walk in the footsteps of Newton.
Yet happy too is the man who cares for his fields,
and who knows the many riches of his garden;
Who has learned how to graft trees so that each may thrive in its soil,
who knows which grow best in the rich mud
and ooze of the bog, and which flourish on the stony ridges;
Which shun the biting cold of the north wind
and which come into leaf up among the snows of Scythia.
Do not scorn or despite this humble toil;
for it is the concern of the great author himself.
Do not seek him only amid the stars in the sky;
for it is in the small things of life that you may find the divine.

Edward Phelips, 1770

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