Prof. Dominic Tildesley

Dominic Tildesley received his degree from Southampton University in 1973 and a DPhil from Oxford in 1976. After five years as a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State, Cornell and Oxford Universities he returned to Southampton as Lecturer, Reader, then Professor of Theoretical Chemistry until 1996. In 1996-98 he was Professor of Computational Chemistry at Imperial College, London.

Dominic then moved to Unilever Research Port Sunlight as Head of Physical Science Group 1998-2001, then Chief Scientist, Unilever Home and Personal Care Division 2001-2008. Most recently he acted as Vice President of Discover Platforms 2008-2012. His work in industry has enabled him to create interdisciplinary innovations involving chemistry, materials science, life sciences and engineering. He has encouraged strong programmes of external research working with universities and SME’s in an open and long-term way and has tried to stay close to his academic roots by teaching, publication and working with chemistry departmental advisory boards. He has also been able to gain an appreciation of the growth of science in China and India over the last ten years.

Dominic retired from Uniliever in June 2012. Following researching at the University of Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand France he took up his new role as director of CECAM (Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire) in January 2013 based at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dominic has been a member of the RSC’s Faraday Division Council and is a recipient of the Marlow Medal and the Tilden Lecture and Medal.

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