|Alan R. Battersby|
March 4, 1925 |
|Institutions||University of St Andrews
University of Illinois
University of Bristol
University of Liverpool
|Doctoral students||Andrew D. Hamilton|
Sir Alan Rushton Battersby FRS (born 4 March 1925) is a British organic chemist known for his work on the genetic blueprint, structure, and synthetic pathway of Cyanocobalamin. This came in collaboration with a partner and also in relation to work on plant alkaloids. He won the Copley Medal in 2000 and has also won other awards such as Royal Medal in 1989.
Birth and academic career 
Battersby is known for his research on the biosynthesis of the 'pigments of life' haem, chlorophyll and vitamin B12, that are built on closely related tetrapyrrolic structural frameworks. He has demonstrated and elucidated the essential role played by two enzymes, deaminase and cosynthetase, in the construction of the tetrapyrrolic ring with its specific structural features.
In 1988, he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry along with Duilio Arigoni of ETH Zurich in 1989 for "their fundamental contributions to the elucidation of the mechanism of enzymic reactions and of the biosynthesis of natural products, in particular the pigments of life".
Further reading 
- Milgrom, Lionel R. (1997). The Colours of Life: an Introduction to the Chemistry of Porphyrins and Related Compounds. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-855380-3. OCLC 35172533.
- University of Cambridge Office of Communications (2000-06-07). "Lifetime Achievement Award for Cambridge Chemist". News and Events. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- Portraits of Sir Alan Battersby at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Copley Medal site
- The Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 1989 (detail)
|Professor of Organic Chemistry, Cambridge University
1988 - 1992
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