Paul O’Brien was born on January 22, 1954, and died on October 16, 2018.
He was a professor of Inorganic Materials at the University of Manchester.
Paul O’Brien was appointed served as head of the School of Chemistry from 2004 to 2009 and head of the School of Materials from 2011 to 2015.
He received his education at the Cardinal Langley Grammar School in Middleton, Greater Manchester and the University of Liverpool where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975.
Then he earned his Ph.D. at University College, Cardiff in 1978 with a thesis on the catalysis of the racemization of amino acids supervised by Robert D. Gillard.
He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to science and engineering and elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in the same year.
Paul O’Brien passed away at 64 years old.