Professor Geoffrey Luckhurst
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Professor Geoffrey Luckhurst is Emeritus Professor within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.
Geoffrey Luckhurst was educated at the University of Hull where he graduated in 1962 with a first class honours degree in Chemistry. He then moved to the Department of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge where he studied solution effects in ESR spectroscopy for his doctorate; this was awarded in 1965. His primary research supervisor was Professor Alan Carrington, FRS although he also worked with Professor Leslie Orgel, FRS and Professor Christopher Longuet-Higgins FRS. On leaving Cambridge he moved to Zürich where he worked at the Varian Research Laboratories as the ESR spectroscopist. In 1967 he returned to England having been appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Physics at the University of Southampton. Subsequently he has held posts here as Reader (1970), Personal Professor (1977) and Professor of Chemical Physics (1979). He currently holds the title of Emeritus Professor which was awarded in 2004.
Geoffrey is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Honoured Member of the International Liquid Crystal Society of which he is a former President. He has been awarded the Harrison Memorial Prize of the Chemical Society, the Meldola Medal of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, the Marlow Medal of the Faraday Society, the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize of the Chemical Society, the Gray Medal of the British Liquid Crystal Society and the Fredericksz Medal and Diploma of the Russian Liquid Crystal Society. Together with Professor Ed Samulski he founded the International Journal Liquid Crystals which has recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary.