The College is saddened to announce the death of Emeritus Fellow Dr Stuart Warren on 22 March, aged 81.

Dr Warren read Natural Sciences at Trinity College and stayed at Cambridge to complete a PhD, before moving to Harvard to do post-doctoral research. He returned to Trinity as a research fellow and subsequently took up a post as a teaching fellow at Churchill College in 1971. He remained a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge until his retirement in 2006.

Dr Warren is well known for his tertiary textbooks. He is perhaps best known as one of the authors of the best-selling undergraduate text ‘Organic Chemistry.’ Dr Warren’s research group is renowned for having produced some of the most successful organic chemistry academics in the UK.

Head of the Chemistry Department, Dr James Keeler said: “It is hard to overestimate Stuart’s influence on generations of chemists, both here in Cambridge and well beyond.

“His dedication to teaching – and his influential textbooks – really changed the agenda. They are, without doubt, his important and enduring legacy to the whole chemistry community. 

“Many of Stuart’s former PhD students have gone on to fill leading roles in academia and in industry. And his presence in the Department had a wider influence on all who came into contact with him.

“We mourn the loss of a valued colleague, a dear friend and mentor to many, and a truly outstanding figure in organic chemistry.