Robin Perutz is emeritus professor at the University of York since 2020.
After studying in Cambridge and Newcastle, he worked in Mülheim, Edinburgh and Oxford, before moving to the University of York in 1983 where he was promoted to professor of chemistry in 1991. Perutz studies chemical reactions of compounds of metals stimulated by light in order to understand catalysis and develop solar energy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences, in 2010. For many years, he has been active in the women in science agenda and in supporting students with disabilities. He also has a long-standing interest in human rights of scientists fleeing conflict.