Prof. Lee Cronin

University of Glasgow

Digitizing chemistry to create artificial lifeforms

“It’s a discovery group with some pretty strange aims, but we’ll tell human beings if they’re alone in the universe.” Lee Cronin, Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, tells The Scientists’ Channel about the Cronin Group’s far-reaching project exploring the origin of life and its objectives to create artificial lifeforms, discover aliens and work out how to digitize chemistry. Cronin highlights the inception of a new programmable robot for molecular discovery with the aim of ushering in a new golden age of reproducible, open-source chemistry to save thousands of hours of time spent on repetitive routine chemical syntheses.



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Prof. Lee Cronin

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Prof. Lee Cronin

University of Glasgow

Prof. Lee Cronin has been the Regius Chair of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow since 2013. After completing his Ph.D. at York University, he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the University of Bielefeldor, and was a time was a chemistry lecturer at Birmingham University. During an illustrious career, Cronin has published more than 380 papers and won a number of awards, including the Philip Leverhulme Prize, Corday-Morgan Prize and the Tilden Prize, as well as other widespread recognition for his contributions to research. He is also Founding Academic Director at DeepMatter PLC.