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Dr Graham Cooper School of Chemistry

Summary: Dr Graham Cooper
School of Chemistry
- Former Chemical Weapons Convention
Diplomatic Service
Dr Graham Cooper is the first to acknowledge that serendipity often
plays a significant part in our lives: "Those who have the career drive
know they have it. The rest of us have to seize our opportunities as
they arise." But behind this modesty lies an exceptional career that
culminated in negotiating the Chemical Weapons Convention, and was
set in motion after graduating with a PhD in Organic Chemistry in
Graham began his university life in Southampton with a BSc in
Chemistry, graduating in 1961. Following this, he was awarded a Frank
Knox Memorial fellowship at Harvard University that provided him with
a one year placement to work with scientists at the forefront of their
field. "In my second semester I worked full time in the biochemistry
laboratory under Konrad Bloch, the scientist who synthesised
cholesterol from scratch. This laboratory experience stood me in very
good stead later on." While at Harvard, Graham arranged to do a PhD


Source: Anderson, Jim - School of Mathematics, University of Southampton


Collections: Mathematics