Judith Howard

Judith Howard

Judith Ann Kathleen Duckworth

(1945-10-21) 21 October 1945 (age 76)
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Bristol (BSc)
University of Oxford (DPhil)
Spouse(s)John Wright
AwardsRoyal Society of Chemistry Prize for Structural Chemistry (1999)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDurham University
University of Oxford
ThesisThe study of some organic crystal structures by neutron diffraction
Doctoral advisorDorothy Hodgkin
Doctoral studentsJacqui Cole

Judith Ann Kathleen Howard CBE FRS (née Duckworth; 21 October 1945 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire) is a British chemist, crystallographer and Professor of Chemistry at Durham University.

Early life and education

Judith Howard attended Salisbury Grammar School for girls, and later attended University of Bristol in 1963 to study chemistry.

As a final year undergraduate, Howard worked on the structure of the compound, tin tetra-iron-tetra carbonyl, which was the basis of her very first published work.

She graduated from University of Bristol with a Bachelor of Science degree and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford where she was a student at Somerville College, Oxford and studied the structure of insulin supervised by Dorothy Hodgkin.

Career and research

In 1991 Howard moved to become Professor of Crystallography at Durham University. She has co-authored over 1,500 scientific publications, resulting in a H-index of 82.

Howard's research is in x-ray crystallography. Her interests include in-situ crystallisation of liquids, ultra-low temperature crystallography, high pressure crystallography, experimental charge density analysis, solid-state reactions the study of non-linear optical materials and magnetically interesting materials.

Howard has created instruments that allow scientists to help advance and prove theories in the field of X-ray crystallography. She is the chairperson of the Olexsys software for refinement of crystallographic data.

Prolific in her contributions to science, with over 1,500 publications to her name, Judith actively participates in committees and conferences worldwide. She was the first woman to head a five-star chemistry department (at the University of Durham). She was one of the founder members of the British Crystallographic Association where she served as Secretary from 1985-1987 and President from 1992-1996.

Awards and honours

She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at the University of Bristol in 1986. In 2005 she received an Honorary Degree from the University of Bath. In 2016 she received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of East Anglia. Other awards include:

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