ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Cambridge chemist to be new UK chief scientist

David King, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, is the new Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government.

Robert Walgate

LONDON. David King, South Africa-born Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, has taken over from the ebullient Sir Robert May, an Australian, as Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government.

The job entails responsibility to the Prime Minister and Cabinet members for the quality of scientific advice to the Government. King takes over at a time when the issue of scientific advice is at the forefront of political debate in the UK, with the imminent publication of the report of the Phillips inquiry into the bovine spongiform encephalopathy debacle. But Professor King is presently keeping his head down. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, where he will work, he won't be giving interviews "for a month or two."

Scientifically, Professor King's interests are in the physical chemistry of solid surfaces, chemisorption and heterogeneous catalysis. He has very close relations with industry, having convinced...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!
Already a member?
ADVERTISEMENT