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Vernon Gibson

Vernon Gibson

Professor Vernon Gibson CB FRS


Elected: 2004


Vernon Gibson was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire and educated at The King’s School, Grantham followed by the University of Sheffield where he studied Chemistry and graduated with a First Class Special Honours degree in 1980. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in 1983 for research supervised by Malcolm LH Green FRS. He then spent two years as a NATO postdoctoral research fellow with the US chemist, John E Bercaw at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Gibson is Executive Director of the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials. He was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence from 2012 to 2016 and Chief Chemist at BP plc from 2008 to 2012. Prior to this he was the Sir Edward Frankland Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College London where, following foundations laid in the Chemistry Department at the University of Durham, he developed an international reputation for his fundamental studies on metal complexes and discoveries of new catalyst systems for the production of commercially relevant polymers.

Professional positions

Formerly Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence
Honorary Professor in Science and Engineering, University of Manchester
Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
Executive Chair, BP International Centre for Advanced Materials, University of Manchester
Member, BP Technology Advisory Council

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, materials, Chemistry, applied, Chemistry, inorganic
  • Other
    • Science policy


Inorganic chemistry, Catalysis, Materials science, Energy, Sustainability, Science & Technology policy

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