Alan Davison
Born(1936-03-24)24 March 1936
Died14 November 2015(2015-11-14) (aged 79)
Alma mater
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
ThesisStudies on the chemistry of transition metal carbonyls (1962)
Doctoral advisorGeoffrey Wilkinson

Alan Davison FRS[1] (24 March 1936 — 14 November 2015) was a British inorganic chemist known for his work on transition metals, and a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2]


He earned a B.Sc. from Swansea University in 1959, and Ph.D. from Imperial College London in 1962,[3] supervised by Nobel Laureate Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson.[4]

Career and research

Davison discovered the radioactive heart imaging agent Cardiolite, Technetium (99mTc) sestamibi.[5]

Awards and honours

He was recipient of the following:[4]

Personal life

Davison died after a long illness on 14 November 2015 at the age of 79.[1][6]

In popular culture

In an episode of Friday Night Dinner, after mishearing his wife, Jackie, Martin Goodman asks if Alan Davison would know what he was holding.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Green, Malcolm L. H.; Cummins, Christopher C.; Kronauge, James F. (2017). "Alan Davison. 24 March 1936 — 14 November 2015". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 63: 197–213. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2017.0004. ISSN 0080-4606.
  2. ^ "Alan Davison, Professor of Chemistry". Archived from the original on 2 February 2012.
  3. ^ Davison, Alan (1962). Studies on the chemistry of transition metal carbonyls. (PhD thesis). Imperial College London. hdl:10044/1/13205.
  4. ^ a b "Wallace H. Carothers Award Lecture – Professor Alan Davison, MIT". 4 April 2006.
  5. ^ Ghosh, Abhik (2011). Letters to a Young Chemist. Wiley-Interscience. pp. 134–135. ISBN 978-0-470-39043-6.
  6. ^ a b c d e McGrath, Liz (17 November 2015). "Alan Davison, professor emeritus of chemistry, dies at 79". MIT News.
  7. ^ "Paul C. Aebersold Award Recipients". SNMMI. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Gabbay Award Winners: 9th (2006)". Brandeis University.
  9. ^ "de Hevesy Award Recipients". SNMMI. Retrieved 7 November 2023.