Paul O'Brien receives honorary degree from Queen Mary University London
Professor Paul O' Brien has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Sciences (DSc) by Queen Mary University London, as part of their graduation week celebrations.
Professor Paul O’Brien is Professor of Inorganic Materials at the University of Manchester and was a member of academic staff at QMUL, joining in 1984 as a lecturer and enjoying promotions to Reader in 1991 and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 1994.
He commands an international reputation for his research during a career spanning over 30 years. He has edited eight books and contributed to many others, as well as publishing around 500 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. He also devised a new degree programme at QMUL.
In post at QMUL, Professor O’Brien supported and inspired many young academic staff through his leadership of the Inorganic Chemistry group. Over two decades, he has formulated and managed Royal Society programmes targeting the development of teaching and research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and in chemistry and materials science in universities throughout West and Sub-Saharan African countries; Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa and Tanzania. These programmes host African students in PhD projects across the UK. He has supervised a number of these PhD students who returned home to take up senior positions in their home universities, and who have continued collaborative research. He has actively involved QMUL staff in such programmes as specialist teachers and research collaborators which helped raise the profile of QMUL.