Peter Hore is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. Over the years he has worked on a number of topics around magnetic resonance and the effects of electron and nuclear spins on chemical reactivity, an area known as Spin Chemistry. These include spin hyperpolarization, protein structure and folding, photosynthetic energy conversion, and the methodology of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Since 2005 he has been trying to unravel the biophysical mechanism that allows migratory songbirds to detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field as an aid to navigation.
Hore was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Interdisciplinary Prize in 2016, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation in 2017, is currently a Mercator Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and is the joint holder of the European Research Council’s Synergy Grant, QuantumBirds.
Apart from a 2-year Royal Society European Exchange Programme Fellowship, held at the University of Groningen (1980-82), he has spent the whole of his academic life in the Chemistry Department at Oxford.
Professor of Chemisty, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
Interest and expertise
Astronomy and physics
Biochemistry and molecular cell biology
Biophysics and structural biology
Magnetic resonance, spin dynamics, spin chemistry, magnetoreception, animal navigation