Professor William Kerr's undergraduate studies were undertaken at the University of Strathclyde and he remained there to gain his PhD in 1986. After roles at Brandeis University, MA, USA and Imperial College London, William returned to Strathclyde in 1989 to take up a Lectureship position in Organic Chemistry. After being promoted to Senior Lecturer and then Professional Chair in Organic Chemistry, in 2011 he became the 1919 Professor in Organic Chemistry. Alongside this role, he is also the Director of the University of Strathclyde and GlaxoSmithKline Collaborative MPhil/PhD Programmes in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry. Research within the Kerr laboratory has led to the development of a portfolio of new methods for application in preparative chemistry within the broad areas of metal-mediated processes and organometallic catalysis, as applied to organic synthesis and asymmetric transformations.