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Professor Richard Cogdell


University of Glasgow

Professor Richard Cogdell holds the Hooker Chair of Botany at the University of Glasgow. He is also the Director of the Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre, the Director of the Research Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, and the Deputy Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Since the early 1970's, Richard has been involved in research on bacterial photosynthesis. He has conducted seminal research into the structure and function of bacterial reaction centres and light-harvesting complexes - a subject on which he has published widely.  

Richard has coordinated major EU and Human Frontiers of Science projects. He was an invited participant in the US DOE workshop in Washington DC, where he helped to write the scientific case for funding on solar energy research that has now resulted in a major US program in that area. He is also on the steering committee of the EU group that wrote the White Paper on Harnessing Solar Energy for the ESF. Richard is a frequent member and often Chair of research grant panels for AFRC, BBSRC, SERC, EPSRC, DFG in Germany, CEA in France and the British Council.

Richard has received a number of awards and honours. In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was previously the President of the International Society for Carotenoid Research and has won numerous prizes, including the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1996 and the Diawa Adrian Prize Tokyo in 2001. Richard was elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society in 2007.