Professor Les Dutton

Presenter: Prof Les Dutton, The Johnson Research Foundation, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania

Approximately 90 staff, students and friends of the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences attended the lecture, which was entitled 'Design and Engineering of Oxidoreductases'.

Professor Dutton discussed the genetic and biological roots of protein complexity and showed how to dodge and minimize the effects of complexity.

"In the best-understood cases, that include the oxidoreductase family, artificial reproductions can be designed from scratch using the simplest of protein scaffolds unrelated in structure to their natural counterparts", said Professor Dutton.

The annual memorial lecture was established in honour of the late Professor TGH Jones, a member of the academic staff who gave extraordinary service to The University of Queensland and to Chemistry over a fifty-year career.


About T. G. H. Jones Memorial Lecture

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Professor T. G. H. Jones

This annual UQ public lecture is a memorial to the late Thomas Gilbert Henry Jones, who joined UQ as an assistant lecturer and demonstrator in 1915. Following service in WWI as a munitions and explosives producer, he returned to UQ as a lecturer in inorganic chemistry, being promoted to professor and Head of Department in 1940. During his 50 years of service to UQ, Professor Jones was a member of the Senate (from 1944 to 1968), Dean of the Faculty of Science (from 1942 to 1949 and again from 1960 to 1961) and President of the Professorial Board (from 1951 to 1956). 

Professor Jones initiated a program of research into the chemistry of natural (plant) products. He held officer positions in the Royal Society of Queensland and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He led a public meeting in City Hall in 1957 to protest against State Government legislation that threatened the University’s autonomy in making appointments. He was awarded a CBE in 1960 and received honorary doctorates from UQ and the University of Newcastle.

Read more about Professor Jones on our history page.