Richard Winpenny obtained both his degrees from Imperial College, London. His PhD research was carried out with Prof David Goodgame and looked at metal-organic frameworks before they were called metal-organic frameworks. His post-doctoral work was carried out with Prof John Fackler, Jr at Texas A&M University, in 1988 and 1989, and involved the mass spectrometry of gold clusters.
He joined the academic staff at Edinburgh in 1990, and moved to Manchester in 2000 as the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry.
Associate Dean for Research within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences from Sept 2008 to April 2010.
Director of the Photon Science Institute from October 2009 to April 2014.
Head of School of Chemistry from August 2014.
Awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2009 and the RSC Tilden Medal in 2011. Elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2016. Winner of three RSC Prizes - the Tilden Prize (2011), Ludwig Mond Medal (2016) and the RSC Prize for Emerging Technologies in the area of materials (2016).