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    Professor Ruth Lynden-Bell

    Murray Edwards College
    New Hall
    University of Cambridge
    CB3 0DF

    Honorary Fellow in Chemistry

    Theoretical Chemistry

    Emeritus fellow

    Murray Edwards College provides a friendly intellectual environment where one meets people from many disciplines.

    Degrees and honours

    • MA,
    • PhD,
    • ScD,
    • FRSC,,
    • FInstP,
    • FRS,
    • Associate, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (1995-2005),
    • DSc (hon) Queen's University Belfast (2009),
    • and Emeritus Professor of Queen's University Belfast.

    Awards and prizes

    • Paul Walden Prize (German Ionic Liquids Community) 2012
    • Lennard-Jones Lecture 2017

    Research interests

    • Using computer simulation to understand liquids (especially Ionic Liquids) and surfaces.


    • 1995-present: Emerita Fellow, Murray Edwards College.
    • 2003-5: Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow.
    • 1995-2003: Professor of Condensed Matter Simulation, The Queen's University, Belfast. Co-founder of the successful interdisciplinary Atomistic Simulation Group at Queen's University.
    • 1993-5: Newton Trust Lecturer, University of Cambridge.
    • 1972-95: Fellow and College Lecturer in Chemistry, New Hall, University of Cambridge.
    • 1975-95: College Lecturer at St.John's College.
    • 1973-75:  Jaffe Research Fellowship (Royal Society) (Half time).
    • 1965-72:  University Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Sussex (Half time).
    • 1962-65 : Fellow and College Lecturer in Chemistry, New Hall, University of Cambridge.
    • 1961-62:  AAUW Fellowship (with Dr.H.M.McConnell at California Institute of Technology).


    Professor Ruth Lynden-Bell has published over 200 articles in scientific journals. Her published books include:

    • R.M.Lynden-Bell and R.K.Harris. 'Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy'. Nelson, London, 1969.
    • 'Water and Life: The Unique properties of water' ed. R.M.Lynden-Bell, S. Conway-Morris, J.D.Barrow, J.L.Finney and C.L.Harper, 2010, CRC Press Boca Raton, FL, USA.