Elected: 1994
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor David John Robins FRSE
David Robins was born in Purley, Surrey, England and attended Purley Grammar School. The enthusiastic and eventful experimentation of one of the Chemistry teachers attracted him towards a career in Chemistry. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Exeter in 1966 and stayed on there to carry out research on the biosynthesis of pyrrolizidine alkaloids for his PhD work under the stimulating supervision of David Crout (now Emeritus Professor at the University of Warwick). He extended this interest in biosynthesis during a two year stay from 1969–1971 at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, studying vitamin K biosynthesis with Professor Ronald Bentley. Following brief stays at the Universities of Surrey and Reading, he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Glasgow in 1974. Read more