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Struther Arnott : biography

25 September 1934 - 20 April 2013

Struther Arnott, CBE, FRS, FRSE, FIBiol, FRSC (25 September 1934 – 20 April 2013) was a Scottish molecular biologist and chemist who specialised in cancer research. He was a Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews.


Struther Arnott was born in Larkhall, Lanarkshire, and educated at the Hamilton Academy (1945–52) where in 1952 he received the Academy's Gold Medal for General Scholarship and Silver Medal in Chemistry and in Mathematics, and from which school he won 5th place overall and 1st science place in the University of Glasgow Open Bursary Competition, 1952. Retrieved 20 October 2010

Following graduation (BSc (Chemistry and Mathematics), 1956, followed by PhD (Chemistry), 1960) Struther worked with the Biophysics Unit of King's College London, before his appointment as Professor of Molecular Biology at Purdue University, Indiana.

He held visiting fellowships at Oxford University and was a Fellow of King's College London. He was appointed a Fellow of The Royal Society in 1985, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1988, and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.


  • Arnott S. (Jun 2006). Historical article: "DNA polymorphism and the early history of the double helix". Trends Biochem Sci. 31:349-354
  • "Growing universities: How bad is big? ", Public Money & Management, Volume 12, Issue 3 July 1992, pages 53 – 59
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