Professor Andrew Hamilton is the 16th president of New York University, a post he took up in January 2016. Immediately before that, he served as the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, and as professor of chemistry at Oxford, and from 2004-2008 he served as provost of Yale University.
Professor Hamilton’s area of scholarly interest lies at the intersection of organic and biologic chemistry, with particular focus on the use of synthetic design for the understanding, mimicry, and potential disruption of biological processes. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, and the winner of the International Izatt-Christiansen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry.
At Yale—where he joined the faculty in 1997—he was the Benjamin Silliman Professor of Chemistry and professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Prior to joining Yale’s faculty, he was a tenured professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, he was an assistant professor of chemistry at Princeton University.
Andrew Hamilton studied at the University of Exeter, the University of British Columbia, and obtained his doctorate from the University of Cambridge. He did post-doctoral work at the Université Louis Pasteur. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Surrey, Tsinghua University, and the University of Exeter, among others.