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Bristol scientist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Portrait of Professor Richard Evershed

Professor Richard Evershed

9 May 2016

Richard Evershed, Professor of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Robert Boyle Prize 2016 by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Evershed received this award for his outstanding contribution to analytical science. His research uses highly sensitive and specific analytical methods to retrieve biochemical and isotope signatures from archaeological artefacts, geologic sediments and soils. This has led to deeper understanding of the ways modern and ancient ecosystems function and evolve. Richard collaborates extensively across disciplines, with archaeologists, anthropologists, earth scientists, palaeontologists, ecologists, agronomists and agricultural scientists, and his approaches have also been used in forensic investigations.

Professor Evershed said: “Receiving the prize is an enormous honour, especially given the pre-eminence of Robert Boyle as one of the founders of our discipline and the exceptional standing of the previous recipients of the award. Making this award in recognition of the type of research I undertake emphasises the pivotal role analytical science plays in moving both traditional and non-traditional disciplines in new directions.”

Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “It is an honour to recognise the illustrious achievements of our prize and award winners in our 175th anniversary year. We are proud to celebrate and support the work of inspiring and influential individuals, whose work has the potential to improve so many lives.”

Further information

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Prizes and Awards recognise achievements by individuals, teams and organisations in advancing the chemical sciences.  


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