The Burton Lectures were established in the 1970s in honour of Professor Harold Burton, and many distinguished academics have participated over the years.
Professor Burton was Head of the King's College London Department of Chemistry from 1947 until his death in 1966. The research which he directed quickly built up the reputation of the Department of Chemistry. He planned for the introduction of the specialist courses in Chemistry, which started in October 1966, and also for a great expansion in teaching and research.
The Harold Burton Fund was established for the promotion of Chemistry in the College, which included an annual lecture.
This year's guest speaker is Professor Anthony Peter Davis from the University of Bristol. The title of his talk is 'Synthetic Lectins – The Host-Guest Chemistry of Carbohydrates in Water'.
2022 Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian F.R.S F.Med.Sci
2021 Professor James H Naismith, F.R.S. FRSE FMedSci
2019 Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing, F.R.S.
2018 Professor Sabine L. Flitsch
2017 Professor Jason W. Chin, F.Med.Sci.
2016 Professor Christopher A Hunter, F.R.S.
1999 Professor G. Pattenden
1998 Professor J.N. Murrell, F.R.S.
1997 Professor H.A.O. Hill, F.R.S.
1996 Professor S. Ley, F.R.S.
1995 Professor R. Freeman, F.R.S.
1994 Professor P. Day, F.R.S.
1993 Professor D. Phillips
1992 Professor C.W. Rees, F.R.S.
1991 Professor N.N. Greenwood, F.R.S.
1990 Professor L. Hough
1989 Professor A.R. Fersht, F.R.S.
1988 Professor G. Eglinton, F.R.S.
1987 Professor M.F. Lappert, F.R.S.
1986 Professor G.W. Gray, F.R.S.
1985 Professor J.E. Baldwin, F.R.S.
1984 Professor E.A.V. Ebsworth
1983 Professor V. Gold, F.R.S.
1982 Professor R.A. Raphael, F.R.S.
1981 Professor J. Chatt, F.R.S.
1980 Prof. Sir Rex Richards, F.R.S.
1979 Professor A.. Battersby
1978 Professor R.J.P. Williams, F.R.S.
1977 PProfessor Sir Frederick Dainton, F.R.S.
1976 Professor Dorothy Hodgkin, F.R.S.
1975 Professor J. Lewis, F.R.S.
1974 Professor Sir George Porter, F.R.S.
1973 Professor Sir Derek Barton, F.R.S.
1972 Professor C.A. Coulson, F.R.S.
1971 Dr. M. Perutz, F.R.S.
1970 Professor G. Wilkinson F.R.S.