Nobel Prize Winners: Part 2

Find part 1 here .

Following on from the previous post, here are is a quick round up of the next three Nobel prize winners that we are celebrating today:

Alexander Todd


Alexander Todd (Image Source: Strathclyde University Archives)

Alexander Todd was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his work on nucleotides and nucleotide co-enzymes”.

Born in Glasgow, Todd graduated from the University BSc in 1928. He later moved to Germany for his studies, graduating DrPhilNat from the University of Frankfurt in 1931, and returned to Britain as the 1851 Exhibition Senior Student at Oxford. The University of Glasgow awarded him a DSc in 1937 for his thesis Studies in the Chemistry of Aneurin (Vitamin B1), and later LLD in 1950. Todd’s work on nucleic acids laid the foundations for future research on DNA.

For further information on Alexander Todd, you can view his University Story Profile here. To read more about his contribution to science, click here for our World Changing site.


Alexander Todd’s Matriculation Record 1924 (GUAS: R8/5/45/9)

Derek Barton

The 1969 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Derek Barton, formerly Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University, and the Norwegian Chemist Odd Hassel for their “contributions to the development of the concept of conformation and its application in chemistry.”


Derek Barton (Image Source: University Of Glasgow)

Baton became Professor here in 1955, and later moved south to become Professor of Organic Chemistry at Imperial College in 1957. However, during his short amount of time here, his collaboration with fellow Chemistry Professor J Monteath Robertson proved highly valuable. Together they researched into the structural problems of complex natural products. Barton also began his research into organic photochemistry whilst at Glasgow, which would later provide the basis for the development of the Barton Reaction.

To read more about Derek Barton, click here for his University Story Profile. For further information about his scientific discoveries, click here for our World Changing site.

Sir James Black


Sir James Black (Image Source: University Of Glasgow)

Honorary Glasgow graduate Sir James Black, alongside Gertrude Elion and George Hitchings, were awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Medicine “for their discoveries of important principles for drug treatments”.

Black studied Medicine at the University of St Andrews in 1946.  He was appointed a lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s Veterinary School in 1950 and established the Physiology Department here. He later joined the private sector, working for ICI Pharmaceuticals, Smith, Kline & French and the Wellcome Foundation. His work on beta-blockers and ulcer drugs changed the face of modern medicine.

For further biographical information about Sir James Black, click here for his University Story profile. To read more about his scientific work, click here for his World Changing page.

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