I was born in 1944 in Southampton, England, where I attended King Edward VI Grammar School, and then studied chemistry at the Northern Polytechnic, London, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree of London University (Internal) in Special Chemistry in 1965. I then moved to Oxford University (Physical Chemistry Laboratory and Lincoln College) to undertake doctoral work under the supervision of Professor Peter W. Atkins on the theory of optical birefringence and polarized light scattering phenomena, being awarded a D.Phil in 1969. From 1969 to 1975 I carried out postdoctoral work with Professor A. David Buckingham in the University Chemical Laboratory, Cambridge University, holding a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship 1974-75. I moved to the Chemistry Department of the University of Glasgow in 1975 as a Lecturer, was promoted to Reader in 1980, Titular Professor in 1984, and Gardiner Professor of Chemistry in 1998. From 1995 to 2000 I held an EPSRC Senior Fellowship.
Laurence Barron with David Buckingham at the Workshop on X-Ray Gyrotropy and Synchrotron Radiation Based Chiroptical Spectroscopies, ESRF Grenoble, September 2000
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