Nicholas Norman

Nicholas Norman

Nick Norman CChem FRSC is professor of inorganic chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol.

He obtained a BSc in chemistry in 1979 and a PhD in chemistry in 1982 both from the University of Bristol. He was a postdoctoral research associate at The University of Texas at Austin, US from 1982-1984 and returned to the UK to become temporary lecturer in inorganic chemistry at the University of Manchester (1984-1985). He was lecturer then reader at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1985-1995 and since 1995 he has been at the University of Bristol being promoted to professor of inorganic chemistry in 2006.

From 2012-2018 he was head of the School of Chemistry and from 2017-2019 he was chair of Heads of Chemistry UK (a national body comprising heads of UK chemistry departments).

He has published over 230 peer-reviewed research publications, a number of papers on educational/professional matters and two books. He has given over 140 lectures at conferences and universities on six continents.

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    Why the world urgently needs more chemists


    At a pivotal time in history, this vocation could be a lifeline in solving pressing global challenges

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    A centre of excellence


    What can be learned from the Bristol ChemLabS centre for excellence in teaching and learning 10 years on? Timothy Harrison, Nicholas Norman and Dudley Shallcross explain