Professor Duncan Burns, currently based in the Institute for Global Food Security, has received the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Anne Bennett Memorial Award for Distinguished Service.
Professor Burns moved to Belfast in 1975 to take up the established Chair of Analytical Chemistry at Queen's and over the course of his career has published more than 460 papers and 13 books.
Professor Burns said: "I am very pleased to have won this award and for my work to have been recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. I have enjoyed my 70 years working as a chemist and my time at Queen's University, in various roles. The work that takes place at Queen's is world leading and I am pleased to have played a role in developing new research."
Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: "The chemical sciences are vital for the wellbeing of our world and chemical scientists help to change people's lives for the better. That's why we're so proud to celebrate the innovation and expertise of our community through our Prizes and Awards.
"This year's inspiring and influential winners come from a range of specialisms, backgrounds, countries and communities. Each has done their bit to advance excellence in the chemical sciences – to improve the lives of people around the world now and in the future."
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