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Stuart Warren
Born(1938-12-24)24 December 1938
Died22 March 2020(2020-03-22) (aged 81)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Known forOrganic Chemistry, University-level textbooks
AwardsBader Award (2002)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Doctoral advisorMalcolm Clark

Stuart Warren (24 December 1938 – 22 March 2020)[1] was a British organic chemist and author of chemistry textbooks aimed at university students.[2][3]

Academic career

Warren was educated at Cheadle Hulme School near Manchester and read the Natural Sciences Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge. He stayed at Cambridge to complete a PhD with Malcolm Clark, before moving to Harvard to do post-doctoral research with F. H. Westheimer. Dr Warren returned to Trinity as a research fellow and subsequently took up a post as a teaching fellow at Churchill College in 1971.[4] He remained a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge until his retirement in 2006.[5] He won the Royal Society of Chemistry Bader Award in 2002.[6] Following his death the RSC produced a themed collection of his work.[7]

The Warren group

Warren's research group is renowned for having produced some of the most successful organic chemistry academics in the UK, including:[1]

Textbook authorship

Warren is well known for his university-level textbooks Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group (1974),[8] Designing Organic Syntheses: The Synthon Approach (1978),[9] Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (first edition 1982,[10] second edition 2008[11]), and its graduate-level sequel, Organic Synthesis: Strategy and Control (2007).[12] He is perhaps best known as one of the authors of the best-selling undergraduate text Organic Chemistry (first edition 2000,[13] second edition 2012[14]), which he wrote with his former students Jonathan Clayden and Nick Greeves, and fellow Cambridge lecturer Peter Wothers.


  1. ^ a b Aggarwal, Varinder K.; Armstrong, Susan K.; Caggiano, Lorenzo; Chibale, Kelly; Clayden, Jonathan; Coldham, Iain; Greeves, Nicholas; Hartley, Richard C.; Knight, Julian G.; Kuhnert, Nikolai; Mitchell, Helen J.; Nelson, Adam; O'Brien, Peter; Thomas, Stephen P.; Wyatt, Paul (2020). "Stuart Warren (24 Dec 1938–22 Mar 2020)". Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. 18 (37): 7236–7237. doi:10.1039/D0OB90121K. PMID 32936190. S2CID 221747307. Retrieved 30 March 2021. In memory of Stuart Warren
  2. ^ "Natural Sciences: At the chalk face". Churchill College, Cambridge. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  3. ^ "A sad farewell to Dr Stuart Warren". Cambridge University. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Master, Fellows and Subjects 2009/10". Churchill College, Cambridge. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Stuart Warren Retirement Conference". Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Bader Award Previous Winners". The Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  7. ^ "In memory of Stuart Warren Home". Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  8. ^ Warren, Stuart (1974). Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group: A Programmed Approach to Organic Reaction Mechanisms. ISBN 978-0-471-92104-2.
  9. ^ Warren, Stuart (1978). Designing Organic Syntheses: The Synthon Approach. ISBN 978-0-471-99612-5.
  10. ^ Warren, Stuart (1982). Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (1st ed.). ISBN 978-0-471-10161-1.
  11. ^ Warren, Stuart; Wyatt, Paul (2008). Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (2nd ed.). ISBN 978-0-470-71236-8.
  12. ^ Warren, Stuart; Wyatt, Paul (2007). Organic Synthesis: Strategy and Control (2nd ed.). ISBN 978-0-471-92963-5.
  13. ^ Clayden, Jonathan; Greeves, Nick; Warren, Stuart; Wothers, Peter (2001). Organic Chemistry (1st ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-850346-0.
  14. ^ "The Sceptical Chymist: The Nature Chemistry blog. Reactions - Stuart Warren".