Professor Judith Howard CBE FRS began her career as a DPhil student at Oxford carrying out neutron studies of biological molecules with Nobel laureate Professor Dorothy Hodgkin OM. Research in Bristol (1969-91) preceded appointment to the foundation chair of Structural Chemistry and first female Professor of Chemistry at Durham (1991).
She became the first woman president of the British Crystallographic Association in 1992 and the first woman to head a five-star chemistry department at a UK university in 2006, a post from which she just retired. She is now the Director of the newly founded Biophysical Sciences Institute at Durham which spans 6 departments in the Science Faculty.
She was a Royal Society Vice-President 2004-5, and has also served on many national and international scientific and educational committees and working groups.
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