Professor Dame Carol Robinson

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, DBE FRS
L’Oreal Woman in Science 2015

12 October 2015

Professor Dame Carol Robinson

Professor Robinson is the Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry, Oxford University and Honorary Fellow of Churchill College. In March this year she was named the 2015 European Laureate in the annual L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of women in science and is recognised as one of the premier international science awards. 

Carol Robinson is recognised for pioneering the use of mass spectrometry for her research into the 3D structure of proteins. Her most recent work is concerned with examining how small molecules, specifically lipids, impact on the structure and function of membrane assemblies.

Carol is a Royal Society Research Professor and Doctor Lee’s Professor of Chemistry Elect at the University of Oxford. She is the first woman to hold a Chair in Chemistry at the University of Oxford and was previously the first female Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.

A graduate student at Churchill College, Cambridge, she completed her PhD in two years. Following an eight-year career break to begin raising her three children, she returned to research at Oxford, later becoming a titular professor in 1999.

In 2001 she moved to Cambridge to continue her research into mass spectrometry and was elected a Professorial Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and a Royal Society Research Professor in 2006. In 2009 she was elected Doctor Lee’s Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and in 2013 was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


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