Martyn Poliakoff, a renowned professor at The University of Nottingham, has been
knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2015.
Poliakoff received the honour for services to Chemical Sciences in recognition of
his contribution as a global leader in green and sustainable chemistry. The
honour is also in recognition for him acting as an ambassador for UK Science in
his role as Vice-President
and Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, which is an illustration of the
esteem in which he is held by his fellow academics.
Poliakoff is already a familiar face to millions of YouTube followers around
the world, after he was featured in a series of videos dedicated to each and
every one of the 118 chemical elements, which became an overnight sensation.
The Periodic Table of Videos
The Periodic Table of Videos, which
have brought chemistry to a whole new audience, were launched in 2008 and have
now been viewed by more than 80million people. In 2011 the videos earned him
the Royal Society of Chemistry’s prestigious Nyholm Prize for Education.
well as inspiring would-be scientists and chemistry enthusiasts through a range
of exciting experiments showing the properties of all the chemical elements,
Professor Poliakoff has picked up his own band of faithful followers who has
been charmed by his eccentric hairstyle and outlandish chemistry-themed ties.
You can see a film about Professor Poliakoff's award on the Periodic Table of Videos website.
Poliakoff said: “I feel both honoured and somewhat overwhelmed.
"I see the award very much as recognition of
all the work being done in green and sustainable chemistry in the School of
Chemistry by my colleagues, by my research team and by our technical staff
whose efforts underpin so much of our research.”
David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “What a
richly deserved accolade. Sir Martyn contributes so much as a research leader,
educator and communicator of science to the wider public.
"He will receive this
honour with his customary modesty, but will be surprised at how widely
applauded it is. We are very proud to have him as a colleague.”
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