Richard Catlow
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Richard Catlow

Sir Richard Catlow

Charles Richard Arthur Catlow

(1947-04-24) 24 April 1947 (age 74)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA, DPhil)
Scientific career
Materials Science
Computational science[3]
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Royal Institution
ThesisDefect structures in fluorite crystals (1973)
Doctoral advisorA. B. Lidiard[4]
Doctoral studentsRobin Grimes,[5] Saiful Islam

Sir Charles Richard Arthur Catlow (born 24 April 1947) is a British chemist and professor at University College London and Cardiff University.[6][3][7][8][9] Previously, he was Director of the Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory (1998-2007),[10] and Wolfson Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution.[1][11] Since 2016, he has served as the foreign secretary of the Royal Society.[12][13][14][15], and since 2021 as President of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).[16]


He earned a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in 1970 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1974, from St John's College, University of Oxford.[4][17]

Career and research

Catlow has developed and applied computer models to solid state and materials chemistry.[15] By combining his computational methods with experiments, Catlow has made contributions to areas as diverse as catalysis and mineralogy.[15]

His approach has advanced understanding of how defects (missing or extra atoms) in the structure of solids can result in non-stoichiometric compounds.[15] Such compounds have special electrical or chemical properties since their contributing elements are present in slightly different proportions to those predicted by chemical formulae.[15]

Catlow's work has offered insight into mechanisms of industrial catalysts, especially involving microporous materials and metal oxides.[15] In structural chemistry and mineralogy, simulation methods are now routinely used to predict the structures of complex solids and silicates respectively, following Catlow's demonstrations of their power.[15]

Awards and honours

In December 2014, Catlow was the winner of the Gerhard Ertl Lecture at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.[18] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004[1] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).[when?] In 2020, he was awarded the Faraday Lectureship Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry.[19] Catlow was knighted in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to leadership in science and research.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "Catlow, Prof. (Charles) Richard (Arthur)". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U10453. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b Richard Catlow publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b Catlow, Charles Richard Arthur (1973). Defect structures in fluorite crystals. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 500400761. EThOS
  5. ^ Grimes, Robin William (1988). Quantum mechanical and classical modelling of defects in metal oxides. (PhD thesis). University of Keele. OCLC 556710010. EThOS
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Richard Catlow publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Professor Richard Catlow FRS". Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Charles Richard Arthur Catlow (1947-)". Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Council". The Royal Society. The Royal Society. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Thomas Young Centre". Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Richard Catlow". Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2004). "Professor Richard Catlow FRS". royalsociety. London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  16. ^ Partnership (IAP), the InterAcademy. "Richard Catlow joins Depei Liu as IAP Co-President". Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "FHI". Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Faraday Division open award: Faraday Lectureship Prize". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B2.
  21. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 9 October 2020. p. B2.

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