Guy Orpen is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University of Bristol, a role he has held since 2014. As such he is chief academic officer of the University and has responsibility for the University’s academic strategy and its delivery.
He serves on the Board of Bristol Health Partners (the city’s academic health sciences collaboration), and is Chair of the Board of the GW4 research alliance with Bath, Exeter and Cardiff Universities. He is a non-executive director of the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, a director of of the Bristol 2015 company, the delivery vehicle for the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital and a a trustee of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. He has previously served as Head of the School of Chemistry (2001-6), Dean of the Faculty of Science (2006-9) and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise (2009-2014) and chair of the UK National Composites Centre.
Guy Orpen was born in the West Indies, was educated in England and then at the University of Cape Town and the University of Cambridge and carried out research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA. In 1979 he was appointed to a lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bristol, and was promoted to Reader in 1990 and Professor of Structural Chemistry in 1994.
His research interests include structure determination using single crystal diffraction, computational and chemoinformatics studies using structural databases and their application to crystal engineering and ligand design. His research has beenrecognised by awards including the Meldola and Corday-Morgan Medals, the Tilden Lectureship, the Structural Chemistry Award, and the Nyholm Lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
> 500 peer-reviewed papers in international journals of the American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, International Union of Crystallography and others.
Family, Italy, South Africa and Tottenham Hotspur FC.
You may contact Professor Guy Orpen through Sarah Gargano, Personal Assistant, Vice-Chancellor's Office.
University of Bristol,
Bristol, BS8 1TH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 9000