Paul Madden

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Paul Anthony Madden, FRS, FRSE (born 10 October 1948)[1] is a British chemist and former Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford.

Early life

Madden attended St Bede's Grammar School, a catholic boys' grammar school in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He gained BSc and DPhil degrees in chemistry at the University of Sussex.[2] His doctoral thesis was titled "Reactive Scattering Calculations" and was completed in 1974.[3]


From 1981-84 he worked at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in Malvern, Worcestershire.

From 1984 until 2005 he was Fellow in Chemistry at The Queen's College, Oxford and also Senior Tutor of the college and Chairman of the University Information Technology Committee. From 2004[4] until 2008 he was Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions at the University of Edinburgh.[5] He took up the office of Provost of The Queen's College on 2 August 2008 and was succeeded by Claire Craig on 2 August 2019.[6][7]

He was awarded the Mulliken Medal of the University of Chicago for his achievements in Theoretical and Physical Chemistry.[8] He has served as Miller Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.[9] He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He was appointed a member of the ad hoc Board of Electors to the Professorship of Chemistry in the University of Cambridge on the nomination of the Faculty Board of Chemistry.[10]

Personal life

He is married to Alison.


  1. ^ Companies House
  2. ^ "Madden, Prof. Paul Anthony". Who's Who 2019. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-43916. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ Madden, P. A. (1974). "Reactive Scattering Calculations". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ The Queen's College, Oxford: College News Archived 13 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The Queen's College Chemistry Appeal Archived 12 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Pre-election of 51st Provost". Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  7. ^ "The Queen's College announces pre-election of its next Provost". The Queen's College. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  8. ^ Report of Dr. Lee's Professor of Chemistry for the Year Ended 31st July 2002
  9. ^ Report of Dr. Lee's Professor of Chemistry for the Year Ended 31st July 2004
  10. ^ Cambridge University Reporter 7 February 2007

External links

  • The Queen's College, Oxford
Academic offices
Preceded by
Alan Budd
Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford
2008 - 2019
Succeeded by
Claire Craig
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