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Peter Hore

Peter Hore

Professor Peter Hore FRS


Elected: 2022


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.

Professional positions

Professor of Chemisty, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Astronomy and physics
    • Magnetism
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, physical
  • Biochemistry and molecular cell biology
    • Biophysics and structural biology


Magnetic resonance, spin dynamics, spin chemistry, magnetoreception, animal navigation

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