Date: 30 Mar 2006

Special Issue in Honour of Professor Richard J. Puddephatt

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Professor Richard J. Puddephatt was born in Aylesbury, England, in 1943. He completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University College London in 1965, and his Ph.D. in 1968 under the supervision of Professors Alwyn G. Davies and Robin J. H. Clark. He then moved to the University of Western Ontario (Canada) where he spent 2 years as a teaching postdoctoral fellow working with Howard Clark. In 1970, he accepted a position in Liverpool as a Lecturer, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1977. He returned to Western Ontario in 1978 as a Professor and became Research Professor in 1988. Since 2001, Richard Puddephatt has been a Canada Research Chair and he was named Distinguished University Professor in 2005. His research interests are in the chemistry of late transition metals, especially of platinum and gold, with relevance to applications in catalysis and materials science. He wrote 4 books, of which many were translated into other languages, 10 book chapters, 2 patents and over 550 lar