Professor Ian Paterson

Emeritus Fellow
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Professor of Organic Chemistry
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Ian Paterson is a Professor of Organic Chemistry and has been a Fellow of Jesus College since 1983.

Academic interests

Ian Paterson's academic interests include:

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Natural products chemistry
  • Anticancer natural products and analogues
  • Asymmetric reaction processes.

Degrees obtained

  • BSc Hons Chemistry, St Andrews University.
  • PhD Chemistry, University of Cambridge.

Awards and prizes

Ian Paterson was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005, the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2010, and the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014.

He has received the following awards and prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry:

  • Natural Product Chemistry Award, 2014
  • Tilden Prize, 2009
  • Robert Robinson Award, 2004
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award, 2001
  • Bader Prize, 1996
  • Hickinbottom Research Fellowship, 1989
  • Meldola Medal and Prize, 1983.

He also won the Pfizer Award in Chemistry in 1990 and 1993, and the ICI (AstraZeneca) Award in Organic Chemistry in 1990.


Ian Paterson was born and educated in Dundee, Scotland, and has had a distinguished academic career at Cambridge and beyond:

  • University of St Andrews, BSc Hons I, 1972-76.
  • University of Cambridge, PhD, 1976-79; Junior Research Fellow, 1979.
  • Columbia University, New York, NATO/SERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 1979-80.
  • University College London, Lecturer in Chemistry, 1980-83.
  • University of Cambridge: Lecturer 1983-97; Reader in Organic Chemistry 1997-2001; Professor of Organic Chemistry 2001 to present.

Other interests

Travel, gardening.

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