Carol Robinson


Carol Robinson holds the Chair of Doctor Lee’s Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford.  She is the President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Co-founder and Director of OMass Therapeutics. Carol is the first female Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and was previously the first female Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.  She is renowned for pioneering the use of mass spectrometry as an analytical tool and for her ground-breaking research  into the 3D structure of proteins.

Carol was a graduate student at Churchill College from 1980 -1982, completing 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 returned to Cambridge to continue her research into mass spectrometry and was elected a Professorial Fellow at Churchill College, a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004, and a Royal Society Research Professor in 2006. In 2009 she came back to Oxford to take up the Chair of Doctor Lee’s Professor of Chemistry and in 2013 she was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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