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Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy wins David Craig Medal



12 May 2009

Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy, from the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2009 David Craig Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. The prestigious medal is a career research award for excellence in chemistry research.

Professor Len Lindoy with his David Craig Medal from the Australian Academy of Science at the awards dinner held in Parliament House in Canberra on 7 May 2009. Source: Australian Academy of Science. Photographer: Irene Dowdy.
Professor Len Lindoy with his David Craig Medal from the Australian Academy of Science at the awards dinner held in Parliament House in Canberra on 7 May 2009. Source: Australian Academy of Science. Photographer: Irene Dowdy.

Professor Lindoy was presented with his medal on 7 May 2009 at an awards dinner held by the Australian Academy of Science in Parliament House in Canberra.

The medal is awarded annually and recognises contributions of a high order to any branch of chemistry by active researchers.

Professor Lindoy has made significant contributions to the area of macrocyclic chemistry, molecular and ionic recognition, and metallo-supramolecular chemistry. He has had a long and successful interaction with industry, especially with the design of ligands for the selective extraction of metal ions from mixtures.

His work has been acknowledged by many national and international awards, and by invitations to lecture at major conferences. Professor Lindoy has also been an exceptional educator and promoter of science in general, and chemistry in particular.

"Since the David Craig Medal is the senior chemistry award from the Australian Academy of Science, I received considerable satisfaction in receiving it both from a personal point of view but, far more importantly, as a recognition of the contribution of my research students and post-doctoral fellows over the years, as well as of the support I have received from my colleagues in the School of Chemistry over the past 13 years," said Professor Lindoy.

Professor Lindoy, who was nominated by his colleague Professor Peter Lay from the School of Chemistry, is the tenth recipient of the award since the first David Craig Medal was awarded in 2000.

As part of winning the David Craig Medal, Professor Lindoy will present several public lectures across Australia on his group's research, including at the University of Tasmania, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology and others in NSW to be arranged.

Professor Lindoy also received the Leighton Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) in December 2008, which is RACI's most senior award.

Adding to Professor Lindoy's busy schedule of public lectures in 2009, the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry has awarded Professor Lindoy the Centenary Medal and Lectureship for 2009, which involves lectures to be given in the UK at the Universities of Cambridge, Bradford, Hull, Newcastle, Heriot-Watt, then Scotland and Southampton in March 2010.

Emeritus Professor David Craig, on left, meets Professor Len Lindoy at the Australian Academy of Science in May 2009. Source: Australian Academy of Science. Photographer: Irene Dowdy.
Emeritus Professor David Craig, on left, meets Professor Len Lindoy at the Australian Academy of Science in May 2009. Source: Australian Academy of Science. Photographer: Irene Dowdy.

The David Craig Medal recognises the outstanding contribution to chemical research of Emeritus Professor David Craig, who Professor Lindoy met at the Australian Academy of Science event.

The previous two David Craig Medal winners, Professor Hans Freeman in 2007 and Professor Leo Radom in 2008, are also from the University of Sydney's School of Chemistry.


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