Steven V. Ley

Steven Victor Ley (born 10 December 1945) CBE FRS FRSC is Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was President of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2000–2002) and was made a CBE in January 2002, in the process. In 2011, he was included by The Times in the list of the "100 most important people in British science".[6][7][8][9]

Steven Ley
Steven Victor Ley

(1945-12-10) 10 December 1945 (age 76)[1]
Alma materLoughborough University of Technology (BSc, PhD)[2]
Scientific career
ThesisStudies in the chemistry of benzobicyclo systems (1972)
Doctoral advisorHarry Heaney[4]
InfluencesDerek Barton[5]


Ley was educated at Stamford and Loughborough University of Technology where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science and PhD.[2][4]


Ley's main research field are the total synthesis of biomolecules. His group has published extensively on this topic, and has completed the synthesis of more than 140 natural target compounds, with notable examples including indanamycin, routiennocin, avermectin B1a, okadaic acid, spongistatin, thapsigargin, epothilone A, antascomicin B, bengazole A and rapamycin. His total synthesis of azadirachtin, completed in 2007, is widely regarded as one of the major landmarks in total synthesis. In the course of this work, he has also made substantial advances in many areas of organic chemistry, including the development of new catalysts, protecting groups and reagents. He is one of the inventors of TPAP, a widely employed oxidising reagent. He has also pioneered the use of immobilised reagents and flow techniques in multi-step organic synthesis. This work now incorporates flow chemistry for multistep organic synthesis applications.

Honours and awardsEdit

As of 2022, Ley's work of over 900 papers[10] has been recognised by about 45 major prizes and awards, the most recent of which are:


  1. ^ Steven V. Ley at Library of Congress Authorities
  2. ^ a b "LEY, Prof. Steven Victor". Who's Who. Vol. 2015 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c "Professor Steven Ley CBE FMedSci FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ley, Steven Victor (1972). Studies in the chemistry of benzobicyclo systems (PhD thesis). University of Loughborough. OCLC 801311581.
  5. ^ Ley, S. V.; Myers, R. M. (2002). "Sir Derek Harold Richard Barton. 8 September 1918 – 16 March 1998". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 48: 1–23. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2002.0001. ISSN 0080-4606.
  6. ^ "Chemistry makes its mark on science top 100".
  7. ^ Video with Steven Ley: "Introducing the Innovative Technology Centre"
  8. ^ Ley, Steven V.; Thomas, Andrew W. (2003). "Modern Synthetic Methods for Copper-Mediated C(aryl)—O, C(aryl)—N, and C(aryl)—S Bond Formation". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 42 (44): 5400–5449. doi:10.1002/anie.200300594. ISSN 1433-7851. PMID 14618572.
  9. ^ "Professor Steven V. Ley CBE FRS Organic Chemistry Research Group". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015.
  10. ^ Steven V. Ley's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Toma de posesión como Académico Extranjero del Prof. Steven V. Ley – Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia".
  12. ^ "Arthur C. Cope Award: Steven V. Ley". 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  13. ^ "2016 IUPAC-THALESNANO PRIZE IN FLOW CHEMISTRY – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  14. ^ "List of Previous Franco-Brittanique Prize Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  15. ^ "List of Previous Longstaff Prize Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  16. ^ "List of Previous Paracelsus Winners". Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  17. ^ "List of Previous Perkin Prize Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  18. ^ "2009 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, Adventures in Organic Chemistry, Steven V Ley". 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Director of the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK – Heinrich Wieland Prize 2009 for outstanding achievements in the synthesis of key natural products". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  20. ^ "List of Previous High Throughput Drug Discovery Methodologies Award Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  21. ^ "List of Previous Prous Institute-Overton and Meyer Award Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  22. ^ "List of Previous Inhoffen Medal Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  23. ^ "ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  24. ^ "List of Previous Robert Robinson Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  25. ^ "List of Previous Teamwork in Innovation Award Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  26. ^ "List of Previous Corday-Morgan Medal Winners". Retrieved 2 January 2020.