David John Procter was born in Leyland in Lancashire, England. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in 1992 and his PhD in 1995 working with Professor Christopher Rayner on the asymmetric oxidation of sulfides with novel selenoxide salts. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Robert Holton at Florida State University in Tallahassee, USA working on the synthesis of analogues of the anticancer agent Taxol. In late 1997 he took up a Lectureship at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in February 2004. In September 2004, he moved to a Readership at the University of Manchester. David was promoted to Professor in October 2008. His research interests lie in the development of new synthetic methods, target synthesis, and catalysis.
• EPSRC Established Career Fellowship (2015-2020)
• 2014 Bader Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (Highlight in Angewandte: AUG 2014; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201407224)
• 2014 Liebig Lectureship from the German Chemical Society (Highlight in Angewandte: DEC 2014; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201410394)
• Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2013-2014)
• 2015 RSC Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group, Young Heterocyclic Chemist Award Lecture
• Lead author, "Organic Synthesis using Samarium Diiodide: A practical guide", RSC, ISBN (print): 978-1-84755-110-8