Professor Graham Richards, Emeritus fellow of Brasenose College, is listed in the top 100 most important contemporary figures in British science by The Times Newspaper's Eureka magazine. As well as coming to Brasenose as an undergraduate, Professor Richards was a Chemistry tutor at the College for over 30 years and chairman of the University's Chemistry Department from 1997-2006. As a young graduate student in the 1960s, he was part of the first generation of researchers using computation techniques to solve scientific problems, and he went on to become a pioneer in the field of computer-aided molecular design. He produced the first ever colour graphic images of molecular structures.
Professor Richards also founded Oxford Molecular, a company which provided software to researchers, and later helped set up Isis Innovation, Oxford's technology transfer company, which aims to help set up spin-out companies from research carried out at the University. Following these experiences, last year he published Spin Outs: Creating Business From University Intellectual Property, a book he dedicates to Margaret Thatcher, who he argues introduced reforms that paved the way for spin-out activity in Universities. In early October 2010, he was appointed as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and in Spring 2011 was elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.
Eureka is a monthly science magazine supplement to the Times Newspaper. It celebrates its first anniversary with the inaugural Eureka 100, a guide to the most important contemporary figures in British science as rated by a panel of experts. The Eureka 100 supplement comes free with the Thursday 7 October 2010 edition of the newspaper.