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Named Lectures

The Howard Memorial Lecture

The Howard Lectures are delivered at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales by a scientist who has pre-eminence in the area of Organic Chemistry or related discipline. The lectures are funded by a bequest left to both Universities in 1994 by the late Harold Theodore Howard. Howard obtained a BSc from Sydney University and graduated from Sydney Teachers College in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry (Pure and Applied). He taught chemistry for many years (1925-62), and upon retirement in 1966 carried out further research on saponins and steroid chemistry as an Honorary Research Associate at Macquarie University (1966-77) and the University if NSW (1978-85).

Previous Howard Lecturers

1994 Peter B Dervan (California Institute of Technology)
1995 Andrew G Myers (California Institute of Technology)
1996 Jean Marie Lehn (Université Louis Pasteur)
1997 Edwin C. Constable (Universität Basel)
1998 Clayton Heathcock (University of California at Berkeley)
1999 Harold Kroto (University of Sussex)
2000 Paul A. Wender (Stanford University)
2001 Jeffrey S. Moore (University of Illinios)
2002 Julius Rebek (Scripps Research Institute)
2003 Carolyn Bertozzi (University of California, Berkeley)
2004 Andrew Hamilton (Yale)
2005 Reza Ghadiri (Scripps Research Institute)
2006 Shū Kabayashi (University of Tokyo)
2007 Shankar Balasubramanian (University of Cambridge)
2008 Chi-Huey Wong (Scripps Research Institute)
2009 John Hartwig (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
2010 Gary Molander (University of Pennsylvania)
2011 Chris Hunter (Department of Chemistry, The University of Sheffield, UK)
2012 Phil Baran (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA)
2013 Andrew Phillips (Department of Chemistry, Yale University, USA)
The Ernest Ritchie Memorial Lecture

Ernest Ritchie, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney from 1967 to 1976, died suddenly on April 8th 1976. He had a long and distinguished career in the Department of Organic Chemistry starting in 1941. Whilst best remembered for his contributions to the chemistry of plant products, his scientific interests embraced other areas, notably synthetic chemistry and biogenesis. Above all, he had remarkable human qualities of honesty, sincerity and kindness and inspired a generation of Australian organic chemists. To commemorate his life and work, the School of Chemistry launched a memorial appeal to support lectures by distinguished visitors to be given at the University of Sydney under the auspices of the Sydney University Chemical Society.

Previous Ritchie Lecturers

1977 Sir John Cornforth (University of Sussex)
1978 Arthur J. Birch (ANU)
1979 Phillip R. Jefferies (University of WA)
1980 Sir Derek H.R. Barton (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
1981 Jack E. Baldwin (Oxford)
1982 Donald J. Cram (UCLA)
1983 Kurt Mislow (Princeton)
1984 Elias J. Corey (Harvard)
1986 Lewis N. Mander (ANU)
1988 Andrew S. Kende (University of Rochester)
1992 J. Fraser Stoddart (University of Birmingham)
1998 Wal C. Taylor (University of Sydney)
2000 Larry Overman (University of California, Irvine)
2002 William R. Roush (University of Michigan)
2006 Professor Andrew Holmes (University of Melbourne)
2011 Professor Amos B. Smith, III (The University of Pennsylvania)
2012 Professor Dale Boger (The Scripps Research Institute)
2013 Professor Dirk Trauner (University of Munich)
2014 Prof. David Yu-Kai Chen (Seoul National University)

The Liversidge Lecture

Archibald Liversidge was born in London in 1846. After becoming an associate (1867) at the Royal School of Mines and the Royal College of Chemistry, he matriculated Cambridge in 1870. In 1872, Liversidge came to Australia as 'Reader in Geology and Assistant in the Laboratory' at the University of Sydney. In 1874 he was appointed Professor of Geology and Mineralogy and in 1882 became Professor of Mineralogy and Chemistry. Liversidge was appointed first Dean of Science at the University of Sydney (1882-1907) and was a Fellow of the Senate (1879-1904). He later became an Emeritus Professor of the University. Liversidge was Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of New South Wales (1874-1884) and was a founder of ANZAAS (1888). Liversidge died in 1927 and bequeathed funds to support lectures in Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

Previous Liversidge Lecturers

1930 A. Killen Macbeth (University of Adelaide)
1934 T.G.H. Hughes (University of Queensland)
1938 A. Findlay (University of Aberdeen)
1938 J.B. Speakman (University of Leeds)
1949 Sir Walter N. Haworth (University of Birmingham)
1964 J.C. Bailar Jr. (University of Illinois)
1975 A. James Ellis (DSIR, New Zealand)
1976 Sir Derek H.R. Barton (Imperial College, London)
1977 Brian N. Figgis (University of Western Australia)
1978 Stuart A. Rice (James Franck Institute, University of Chicago)
1985 Sir John W. Cornforth (University of Sussex)
1986 John W. White (Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University)
1987 Ernest R. Davidson (University of Indiana)
1988 Harry Gray (California Institute of Technology (Caltech))
1990 Gordon Lowe (University of Oxford)
1992 Sir John M. Thomas (Royal Institution, UK)
1992 Sever Sternhell (University of Sydney)
1993 A. David Buckingham (University of Cambridge)
1994 Henry Taube (Stanford University)
1995 Robert G. Bergman (University of California, Berkeley)
1996 Dal Swaine (CSIRO Division of Coal and Energy Technology, Sydney)
1996 John Polyani (University of Toronto)
1997 M.L.H. Green (University of Oxford)
2000 Athelstan L. J. Beckwith (Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University)
2001 R. Stephen Berry (University of Chicago)
2002 Stephen F. Lincoln (University of Adelaide)
2003 J. Fraser Stoddart (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
2004 Peter Stang (University of Utah)
2007 Jean-Marie Lehn (University of Strasbourg)
2008 Helmut Schwarz (Technical University Berlin)
2010 Wolfram Saenger (Freie Universitat, Berlin)
2013 Ben Davis (University of Oxford, UK)

The Alexander Memorial Lecture

Professor Albert Ernest Alexander obtained his BSc at the University of Reading, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. In 1949 he moved to Sydney to take up the Foundation Chair of Applied Chemistry at what was later to become the University of NSW. In 1957 he moved to the University of Sydney to hold the chair of Physical Chemistry, a position he held until 1970. He was a fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1960. The Alexander Memorial Fund was established in 1978 as a result of an appeal by the University of Sydney and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry).

Previous Alexander Lecturers

1981 J.T.G. Overbeek (Utrecht)
1982 R.H. Ottewill (Bristol)
1984 R.K. Iler (E I DuPont de Nemours, Delaware, US)
1986 D.A. Haydon (Cambridge)
1987 R.J. Hunter (Sydney)
1988 B.W. Ninham (ANU)
1991 T.W. Healy (Melbourne)
1992 J.N. Israelachvili (U.C. Santa Barbara)
1994 J. Lyklema (Wageningen)
1997 G.T. Barnes (Queensland)
1998 R. Buscall (ICI Technology)
2001 T. Kunitake (RIKEN)
2003 M. Almgren (Uppsala)
2005 John Ralston (U. South Australia)
2007 Professor Brian Vincent (Bristol)
2009 Franz Grieser (Melbourne)
2011 Kazue Kurihara (Tohoku)
2013 Roger Horn (Deakin University)

The Francis Lions Memorial Lecture

Sir Robert Robinson he returned as a lecturer in 1926 and remained until his retirement (as Reader) in 1966. As a member of staff Lions inspired generations of students; he was noted for his teaching and prided himseld on lecturing without notes. He made major contributions (in collaboration with Frank Dwyer) to the field of coordination chemistry and multidentate metal ligands. Lions was also prominent in University affairs, being a Fellow of the Senate from 1949-1957, elected as a representative of the graduates.

The Francis Lions Fund was established in 1999 as a result of a generous donation and subsequent contributions from former students and colleagues.

Previous Francis Lions Memorial Lecturers

2000 Alan Sargeson (ANU)
2001 David Black (UNSW)
2002 Harry Goodwin (UNSW)
2003 Andy Hor (Singapore)
2004 Brice Bosnich (Chicago)
2005 Roeland Nolte (Nijmegen)
2006 Ian Rae (Melbourne)
2007 Max Lu (Queensland)
2008 Sally Brooker (University of Otago)
2009 Christine McKenzie (University of Southern Denmark)
2013 Professor Richard Keene (James Cook University, Australia)
2014 Professor Leone Spiccia (Monash University)

[anchor||book]]Francis Lions' daughter, Jenny Hawkins, wrote a book in 2010 called "Francis Lions: A Memoir". This book is restricted to School of Chemistry staff only. If you are a staff member and would like to borrow it please email Anne Woods at

The Noel Hush Lectures

Previous Noel Hush Lecturers

2009 Abraham Nitzan (Tel Aviv University)
2014 Professor David Clary (Department of Chemistry, Oxford University)

The Le Fèvre Postgraduate Students

The lectures were established in 1985 following a gift of $2000 from Emeritus Professor R.J.W. Le Fèvre, FRS FAA, who was Head of the School of Chemistry and Professor from 1946 to 1970 and internationally renowned for his work in physical-organic chemistry. Up to three annual prizes may be awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Science, on the recommendation of the Council of the Sydney University Chemical Society subject to the approval of the Head of the School of Chemistry, to postgraduate students enrolled in the School of Chemistry.

Previous Le Fèvre Postgraduate Lecturers

Year
Students
1985 Margaret Harding (O), Robert Cooke (I), John Feeney (P)
1986 Murray Baker (O), Charles Collyer (I), Jenny Green (P)
1987 Judith Dawes (P), Kieren Lin (P), Andrew Stanford (O)
1988 Greg Allen (I), Julie Beeby (P), Paul Burn (O)
1989 David Powell (I), Greg Russel (T), John Stokes (O)
1990 Megan Fisher (O), Jola Sztaba (P), Adrian Wong (T)
1991 Sue Boyd (O), Robert Judd (I), M Mills (P)
1992 Anna Boyd-Boland (I), Meredith Jordan (T), Steven Langford (O)
1993 Alan Doughty (P), Thomas Maschmeyer (I), Mathew Wilkinson (O)
1994 Kevin Brigden (O), Paul Clay (T), Murray Davies (I)
1995 Georgina Long (O), Sean Galagher (T), Andrew Terintis (I)
1996 Andrew Johnston (O), Rachel Codd (I), Hans Heuts (T)
1997 Leticia Duncalf (O), Ismanundar (I), Heather Patrick (P)
1998 Brian Wallace (O), Matthew Inman (I), Karina Sendt (P)
1999 James Taylor (O), Evonne Rezler (I), Emma Coen (P)
2000 Paul Sintic (O), David Perkins (I), Siobhan Waugh (P/T)
2001 Annalisa Contos, Miles Page, Leon Wong
2002 Gregory Halder, Stuart Prescott, Jennifer Turner
2003 Joseph Guss,Jennifer Bodkin,Matt Hall
2004 Jenny Waern, Deborah Crittenden, Adam Wootton
2005 Joseph Bevitt, Justin Read, Gemma Solomon
2006 David Bray, Peter Brotherhood, Stuart Thickett
2007 Jill Halliday, Jeannette McAlpine, Alexandra Yeung
2008 Neeraj Sharma, Kaitlin Beare, Natasha Sciortino
2009 Mark Hackett, Dominik Konkolowicz, Stephen Butler
2010 Muneer Ahamed, John Doan, Elizabeth Fellows
2011 Mr John Moraes, Ms Jessica Chadbourne, Ms Alexandra Manos-Turvey
2012 Mr Ming Liang Koh, Ms Lara Malins, Mr Cameron Weber
2013 Josie Auckett, William Brant, Jessica Stanley abstracts