Heritage: Dr Willaim Lunn (1933-2017) and the creation of the William Lunn Scholarship
In our latest heritage of blog post we are looking at a graduate from 1954, William Lunn. Lunn sadly passed away in 2017 but has remembered his time at Manchester through the introduction of a scholarship to support undergraduate chemists.
Who is William Lunn?
Lunn was born and raised in Manchester during World War II and pursued his undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in General Science in 1954, he moved to Montréal and achieved his PhD at McGill University.
Lunn has gifted scholarships to chemistry students at the University of Manchester and McGill University in appreciation for the scholarships they extended to him.
On completing his PhD, he went on to do postdoctoral research at Stanford University in California.
In 1965, Lunn ended his travels by accepting a position at Eli Lilly and Company, an American pharmaceutical company in Indianapolis. Here he had a long and successful career as a research chemist, focusing on antibiotics and later central nervous system research. Throughout his career, he wrote various scientific publications and holds 46 patents. Lunn’s interests, however, did not stop there and was also known for being a talented artist and a poet.
The William Lunn Scholarship
The William Lunn Scholarship gives a boost to aspiring chemists, and is awarded to undergraduates in the Department of Chemistry who successfully complete the Manchester Distance Access Scheme (MDAS).
Acknowledging that the support his own scholarship gave him allowed him to pursue a successful career in Medicinal Chemistry he has repaid this kindness by creating this scholarship. In light of his own generosity, all recipients of the scholarship are encouraged to make a commitment to do what they can financially to help students in the future.
The Department of Chemistry, and recipients of the William Lunn Scholarship are grateful to William Lunn for his support.
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