Stephen Graham Davies
24 February 1950
|Alma mater||University of Oxford (BA, DPhil)|
|Awards||Hickinbottom Award (1984)|
|Institutions||University of Oxford|
Centre national de la recherche scientifique
|Thesis||Studies on epoxides (1975)|
|Doctoral advisor||Gordon H. Whitham|
|Doctoral students||Sue Gibson|
Career and researchEdit
After his PhD, Davies subsequently held an ICI Postdoctoral Fellowship working with Malcolm Green (1975-1977) and a NATO Fellowship working with Derek Barton (1977-1978) before joining the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) at Gif-sur-Yvette as Attaché de Recherche working with Hugh Felkin.
In 1980 he returned to Oxford to take up a University Lectureship in Chemistry. Whilst remaining an active academic, in 1991 he founded Oxford Asymmetry Ltd (an asymmetric synthesis company) as sole investor. He also founded Oxford Diversity Ltd (a combinatorial chemistry company). These two companies were combined to form Oxford Asymmetry International Plc in 1999 which was sold to Evotec in 2000, valued at £316m. In 2003 he founded VASTox (Value Added Screening Technology Oxford) a zebrafish screening company. It floated on AIM in 2004 and has since acquired Dainolabs (zebrafish) and Dextra (a carbohydrate chemistry company) as well as the assets of MNL Pharma. VASTox then changed its name to Summit. In 2009 the zebrafish screening operations was acquired by Evotec for £0.5 Million. In 1996, he became Professor of Chemistry and in 2006, Waynflete Professor of Chemistry.
Davies is founder and editor-in-chief for Tetrahedron: Asymmetry.
- Royal Society of Chemistry Hickinbottom Award (1984)
- Pfizer Award for Chemistry (1985 and 1988)
- Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Organometallic Chemistry (1987)
- Royal Society of Chemistry Bader Award (1989)
- Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Lecture Award (1997/98)
- Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Stereochemistry (1997)
- Prize Lectureship of the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (1998)
- Royal Society of Chemistry Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry (2011)
- Gibson, Susan E. (1984). Transition metal promoted oxidation and reduction reactions. ora.ox.ac.uk (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 499841275. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.351488.
- Sleeman, Elizabeth (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. p. 398. ISBN 1-85743-217-7.
- Davies, Stephen Graham (1975). Studies on Epoxides. bodleian.ox.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Oxford. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.453187.
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- "Chemistry's millionaire" (PDF). Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- Griffiths, Katherine (1 August 2000). "Oxford Asymmetry agrees to German merger worth £316m". The Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
- "Success Stories". Oxford Investment Opportunity network. Archived from the original on 7 March 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Evotec Acquires Zebrafish Screening Operations of Summit Corporation". Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Steve G Davies". Oxford Cardiovascular Science. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Organometallic Chemistry Award Winners". RSC. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
- "Bader Award Winners". RSC. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
- "Tilden Lectureships Winners". RSC. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
- "Stephen Davies: Ececutive Profile & Biography". business week. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry 2011 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 25 November 2014.