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Robin Clark

Professor Robin Clark CNZM FRS


Elected: 1990


Robin Clark is a chemist renowned for his syntheses and characterisation of transition metal and mixed-valence complexes, and the development of spectroscopic techniques for use at the arts–science interface. Through imaginative development of Raman microscopy, Robin has shown how to characterise pigments used in artwork and the ready identification of forgeries. Through over 500 original publications, 36 books (as author or editor) and many public lectures, he has exerted a major influence on science- and arts-based researchers seeking to better understand and restore artworks.

Robin is a member of many prestigious societies, including the American Philosophical Society and the Royal Institution, where he is an Honorary Fellow. He was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, shortly after receiving the Sidney Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand (of which he is also an Honorary Fellow). He has received the Marci Medal, the Franklin–Lavoisier Prize and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sir George Stokes Award, as well as presented its Tilden, Nyholm, Liversidge and Thomas Graham lectures.

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Electronic cigarettes, infrared and Raman spectrocopy, Pigment identification on artwork and artefacts, Transition Metal Chemistry


  • Bakerian Medal and Lecture

    On 'Raman microscopy, pigments and the arts/science interface'.

  • UK-Canada Rutherford Lecture

    On 'An arts/science interface: The identification of pigments on manuscripts, paintings and artefacts by spectroscopic techniques'.