Professor Richard Cogdell came to work in Glasgow University in 1975. He is the Deputy Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. All of his research has involved trying to investigate the structure and function of the pigment protein complexes that carry out the very earliest reactions in photosynthesis.
These interests have now taken him into studies on how to use that information to produce clean, renewable fuels powered by solar energy. He is President of the International Society for Photosynthesis Research and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Richard is our first speaker of the 2016/2017 season, and will give a talk on “Climate change and clean renewable fuels”, possibly the most critical issue facing the world today.