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Biography of George Sim

George Sim
George Sim

George Andrew Sim (1929-2012) was a graduate of the University and Gardiner Professor of Chemistry from 1970 until 1990.

Born in Aberdeen, Sim graduated with a First in Chemistry in 1952 and began research in X-Ray analysis of crystal and molecular structures. In 1954 he went to the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge as a Ramsay Memorial Fellow to work on the heavy atom method. He completed his National Service at the Atomic Weeapons Establishment at Aldermaston and then returned to Glasgow on an ICI Fellowship. He was appointed a lecturer in 1958, left Glasgow to become Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Illinois and then Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sussex, and then returned to the city in 1970 to fill the Gardiner Chair.

Sim's major research interests lay in the investigation of the structure of natural products and other crystallographic problems. He won the Chemistry Society's Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize in 1963 and the Fritsche Award of the American Chemical Society in 1967.

Professor George Sim died on 29 August 2012.


George Sim

Born 1929, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Died 29 August 2012.
GU Degree: BSc, 1952; 1948-1952;
University Link: Alumnus, Lecturer, Professor
Occupation categories: chemists
Record last updated: 29th Jan 2014

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