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Professor Tom Simpson

Professor Tom Simpson

Professor Tom Simpson
B.Sc., D.Sc.(Edin.), Ph.D.(Bristol), F.R.S., F.R.S.C.

Emeritus Professor

Office N310
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7656


Tom Simpson is the senior member of the Bristol Polyketides Group comprising members of academic staff from the Schools of Chemistry (Profs Russell Cox and Chris Willis, Drs Matt Crump, John Crosby and Chris Arthur) and Biological Science (Drs Colin Lazarus and Andy Bailey). They have developed an international reputation for their work on all aspects of the chemistry and biosynthesis of polyketide metabolites


Place and date of Birth: Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.  23rd February, 1947.

Degrees:         (1)        B.Sc. (1st Class Honours), Chemistry, Edinburgh 1969.

                        (2)        Ph.D. Bristol, 1973.

                        (3)        D.Sc. Edinburgh, 1986.


  • biosynthesis
  • polyketide metabolites
  • compounds
  • lovastatin
  • avermectin
  • rapamycin
  • erythromycin
  • strobilurin



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