Richard Robson grew up in a small village in Yorkshire before attending the University of Oxford where he undertook B.A. and D.Phil. degrees (1955–62) (Fig. 1). Following post-doctoral stints at California Institute of Technology and Stanford University (with Professor Henry Taube), he arrived, by cargo ship,in Australia in 1966 and commenced an academic position within the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. In the 60s, 70s and 80s, Robson’s research largely focussed on the design and synthesis of binucleating and tetranucleating ligands with the aim of bringing metal centres into close proximity. The third paper in this series is still in the all-time top 10 cited papers in the Australian Journal of Chemistry. These ligands are now known in the scientific literature as Robson-type ligands.
- Coordination polymers
- Metal-organic framework (MOF)