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Prof John Helliwell (DSc) - personal details

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Prof John Helliwell

Role: Emeritus Professor

Tel: 0161 275-4970

Location: Chemistry Building-G.29C
School of Chemistry
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




1971-1974 First Class Honours Degree in Physics, University of York; 1974-1978 D. Phil in Molecular Biophysics, University of Oxford and member of Balliol College; 1978 Medical Research Council PDRA at the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics and Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford; 1979 - 1983 Lecturer Department of Physics, University of Keele; 1983 - 1985 Senior then Principal Scientific Officer at SERC, Daresbury Laboratory and Honorary Lecturer in Physics, University of Keele; 1985 -1988 Lecturer in Physics, University of York; 1979-1983, 1985 -1993 and 2001 - 2006 Joint Appointee with SERC/CCLRC Daresbury Laboratory and in 2002 CCLRC Director of SR Science based at Daresbury Laboratory; 2007- Honorary Visiting Scientist STFC Daresbury Laboartory and Science Adviser to STFC 'CLIK'; 1989 to present Professor of Structural Chemistry, University of Manchester.


1996 - 2005 Editor-in-Chief of Acta Crystallographica
1997 Honorary Member of the National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia
2006-2009 President of the European Crystallographic Association

Major Lectures since 2000:-

  • Prof K Banerjee Centennial Silver Medal Lecture at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) Research Institute in Calcutta (2000) entitled "New opportunities in biological and chemical crystallography".
  • Plenary Lecturer at the 1st Central European Conference "Chemistry towards Biology" Portoroz, Slovenia. (2002).
  • HERCULES Training Course, Grenoble; Opening Lecture on "Biological applications of SR and Neutrons" (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005).
  • Transactions Symposium Lecturer at the American Crystallographic Association, Cincinatti, USA entitled "Neutron protein crystallography" (2003).
  • Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse April 2004; "The molecular basis of the colouration mechanism in lobster shell".
  • Plenary Lecturer at the ICCBM10 (International Conference on the Crystallisation of Biological Macromolecules No. 10) held in Beijing China June 2004. "Protein crystal perfection" .
  • Plenary Lecturer at the South African Chemical Congress (SACI'37) held in Pretoria July 2004. "The molecular basis of the colouration mechanism in lobster shell".
  • Lecture at the International Council of Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) Public Conference 2006 held at the USA National Institutes of Health , National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, USA June 2006 "Experiences of global responsibilities in science publishing; Examples from an Editor-in-Chief for ICSU International Union of Crystallography".
  • Lecture at the British Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Conference, held University of Liverpool September 2008 entitled:- "The role the UK Synchrotron Radiation Source has played in biology and medicine" .
  • Lecture at the 5th Belgian Crystallography Symposium October 2008 held at the Belgian Academy of Sciences, Brussels. "Cracking lobster shell protein structures and explaining the colour shift".
  • Plenary Lecture at the BCA Young Crystallographers Meeting April 2009 Loughborough University entitled:- "The Structural Chemistry and Structural Biology of Colouration in Marine Crustacea" .


1998 Fellow of the Institute of Biology; from 2009 renamed Fellow of the Society of Biology;

1996 DSc in Physics, University of York;

1995 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry;

1986 Fellow of the Institute of Physics;

1978 DPhil in Molecular Biophysics, University of Oxford

1974 1st Class Honours degree in Physics, University of York