BiographyJohn R Helliwell since 2012 is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Manchester, School of Chemistry. He was recently admitted as a Fellow of the American Crystallographic Association and became an Honorary Member of the British Biophysical Society. He was awarded the 2014 Patterson Award of the American Crystallographic Association and awarded the 8th Perutz Prize Award of the European Crystallographic Association in 2015.
I am to be admitted as an Honorary Member of the British Crystallographic Association at its next Annual Conference in mid April 2019.
2016 Admitted as an Honorary Member of the British Biophysical Society
2015 Elected a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Sciences & Arts of Barcelona, Spain www.racab.es
2010-2014 Chairman of the ALBA Spanish Synchrotron Radiation Facility Science Advisory Committee.
2006-2009 President of the European Crystallographic Association.
1996-2005 Editor-in-Chief of Acta Crystallographica published by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and Chairman of the IUCr Commission on Journals.
2002 CCLRC Director of SR Science based at Daresbury Laboratory.
1997- Honorary Member of the National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia.
1993 to 1996 Founding Chairman of the IUCr’s Commission on Synchrotron Radiation.
2014- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Structural Dynamics published by the ACA and AIP.
2014- Main Editor of Crystallography Reviews published by Taylor and Francis Journals.
2005- 2014 International Union of Crystallography’s delegate to the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI).
2004 At the Royal Institution delivered a Friday Evening Discourse entitled: "The molecular basis of the colouration mechanism in lobster shell".
1999-2001 Chairman of the Neutron Beamtime Biology Committee, Institut Laue Langevin.
1999 Leader of the UK Delegation to the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics Congress and General Assembly, New Delhi, India.
1994-2000 Main Editor (jointly) Journal of Synchrotron Radiation.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Biological crystallography, chemical crystallography, macromolecular crystallography, physical crystallography, synchrotron radiation, X-rays, neutrons, electrons as probes of the structure of matter.
I describe my working state as semi-retired and as a new project I have been learning the classical guitar as well as enjoying cycling, swimming, walking our dog and having more family time.
Review of my recent book "The Whats of a Scientific Life" in a Series context (with permission of the author).
By: John R. Helliwell
This is a review of my recent book "The Whats of a Scientific Life" in a Series context (with permission of the author). It is my third book following Skills for a Scientific Life and The Whys of a Scientific Life. My new one, The Whens and Wheres of a Scientiific Life, will be available in February 2021.
Talk at the University of Chester March 10th 2020:-The Scientific Life; the Hows, the Whys and the Whats
By: John R. Helliwell
Talk abstract University of Chester March 10th 2020:-
The Scientific Life; the Hows, the Whys and the Whats
John R Helliwell
Semi-retired research scientist, academic educator and scientific civil servant.
In my three books on this theme I separated out the skills needed, the why we do things and the whats of a scientific life into three books. Two of these, the whys and the whats books, are in the CRC Press Book Series Global Science Education. I saw the need for them through my roles as a Director of Synchrotron Radiation Science at CCLRC Daresbury Laboratory, my role subsequently as Senior Mentor and Professor at the Chemistry Department of the University of Manchester as well as my outreach lectures to the public and to schools and my various roles for the International Union of Crystallography. I am currently engaged by CRC Press writing an epilogue of short stories, namely some science matters that I think are worth retelling. Overall science delivers by scientists’ inspiration, hard work and integrity and finally failure checking through peer review. Please do come with your questions on the scientific life.
A pdf of my talk slides can be found here at my University of Manchester website :-
By: John R. Helliwell
Here is a QandA style of interview of me by CRC press:-