Malcolm Green (chemist)
Malcolm Green also known as M. L. H. Green (born 16 April 1936) is a British
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 Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic chemistry
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Born in Eastleigh
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, Hampshire
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, he received his BSc degree from Acton Technical College (London University External Regulations) in 1956 and his PhD from Imperial College of Science and Technology in 1959 under the supervision of Professor Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson
Geoffrey Wilkinson
Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson FRS was a Nobel laureate English chemist who pioneered inorganic chemistry and homogeneous transition metal catalysis.-Biography:...

. He then undertook a post-doctoral research year with Professor Wilkinson before moving to Cambridge University in 1960 as Assistant Lecturer and being elected a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
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 in 1961.

In 1963 he became a Septcentenary Fellow of Inorganic Chemistry at Balliol College and a Departmental Demonstrator at the University of Oxford
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. In 1965 he was made a Lecturer and he was also a Royal Society Senior Research Fellow in Oxford 1979-86. In 1989 he was appointed Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Head of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford
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 and Fellow of St Catherine’s College. In 2004 he became an Emeritus Research Professor and continues research with a substantial group. He was a co-founder of the Oxford Catalysts Group plc in 2006.

Green has held many distinguished visiting positions including: Visiting Professor, Ecole de Chimie and Institute des Substances Naturelles, Paris (1972), AP Sloan Visiting Professor, Harvard University
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 (1975), Sherman Fairchild Visiting Scholar at the California Institute of Technology
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 (1981) and Walter Hieber Gastprofessor, University of Munich, Germany (1991).

Green made pioneering contributions in the earliest days of development of the organometallic chemistry
Organometallic chemistry
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 of the transition metals. He was the first to demonstrate the intermolecular insertion of transition metals into carbon - hydrogen bonds known as C-H bond activation
C-H bond activation
Carbon–hydrogen bond activation or C−H activation may be defined as a reaction that cleaves a carbon–hydrogen bond. Often the term is restricted to reactions involving organometallic complexes and proceeding by coordination of a hydrocarbon to the inner-sphere of metal, either via an...

. He designed and synthesised striking examples of metal-alkyl compounds containing metalhydrogen-carbon bonds which he named “agostic” bonds. In 1990 Green moved into the field of heterogeneous catalysts of hydrocarbon reactions and discovered highly selective metal carbide catalysts for the catalytic Partial Oxidation of Methane
Methane is a chemical compound with the chemical formula . It is the simplest alkane, the principal component of natural gas, and probably the most abundant organic compound on earth. The relative abundance of methane makes it an attractive fuel...

. This led to the spin-off company Oxford Catalysts plc. In 1990 Green initiated fundamental studies into the world of carbon nanotubes.

His numerous awards include: from the Royal Society of Chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry
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, the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize
Corday-Morgan medal
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  in Inorganic Chemistry (1974), Medal in Transition Metal Chemistry(1978), Tilden Lecturship and Prize (1982), Medal in Organometallic Chemistry (1986), Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lecturership (1989), and the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Medal and Prize (2000). From the American Chemical Society
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, the Annual Awards for Inorganic Chemistry (1984)
and Organometallic Chemistry (1997). From the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
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, the Karl-Ziegler Prize (1992). He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1985 and received the Davy Medal
Davy Medal
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of the Royal Society in 1995
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