Brian F. G. Johnson

Brian Johnson
Brian Frederick Gilbert Johnson

(1938-09-11) 11 September 1938 (age 81)
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Scientific career
Fields Cluster chemistry
Academic advisors Cyril Clifford Addison[2][3]

Brian Frederick Gilbert Johnson (born 11 September 1938[4] in Northampton, England UK) is a British scientist and emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Cambridge.[3] He was also Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge from 1999 to 2005.[5][1]

Personal life

Johnson now lives in Cambridge with his wife Christine, whom he met whilst studying in Nottingham. He has 2 daughters, Sally and Amanda, and 4 grandchildren, Tobias, Emily, Alice and Arthur.


Johnson was educated at Northampton Grammar School[1] and the University of Nottingham where he was awarded Bachelor of Science and PhD degrees.


During his career, Johnson has conducted extensive research into many different areas of chemistry, most recently on nano particles. He had a long running research partnership with Jack Lewis, with whom he discovered a number of unusual metal carbonyl clusters.[6]


Johnson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991. His nomination reads


  1. ^ a b c "JOHNSON, Prof. Brian Frederick Gilbert". Who's Who. 2014 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Lord Lewis Of Newnham; Johnson, B. F. G. (1997). "Cyril Clifford Addison. 28 November 1913--1 April 1994.: Elected F.R.S. 1970". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 43: 3. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1997.0001.
  3. ^ a b Harvey, P. D. (2005). "Honouring Brian F. G. Johnson FRS, FRSE, FRSC, F. Acad. Europa". Journal of Cluster Science. 17: 1. doi:10.1007/s10876-005-0036-7.
  4. ^ The Daily Telegraph - Birthdays 11 September 2010
  5. ^ Midgley, P. A.; Weyland, M.; Thomas, J. M.; Johnson, B. F. G. (2001). "Z-Contrast tomography: A technique in three-dimensional nanostructural analysis based on Rutherford scattering". Chemical Communications (10): 907. doi:10.1039/B101819C.
  6. ^ Jackson, Peter F.; Johnson, Brian F. G.; Lewis, Jack; Nelson, William J. H.; McPartlin, Mary (1982). "The synthesis of the cluster dianion [Os10C(CO)24]2− by pyrolysis. X-Ray structure analysis of [N(PPh3)2]2[Os10C(CO)24] and [Os5C(CO)14H(NC5H4)]". Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions (10): 2099. doi:10.1039/DT9820002099.
  7. ^ "EC/1991/16: Johnson, Brian Frederick Gilbert". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Alan Cuthbert
Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Robert Lethbridge

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