Old Lancastrian Paul scoops top chemistry prize

Paul Hodgson (centre) with Sir David Harrison, director of the Salters' Institute (left) and Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
Paul Hodgson (centre) with Sir David Harrison, director of the Salters' Institute (left) and Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
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Former Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil Paul Hodgson was recently awarded a prestigious Salters’ Chemistry prize at the Salters’ Institute in London.

Paul was a pupil at LRGS from 2003 to 2010 and went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read chemical engineering. He graduated this summer and has remained at Trinity to do his PhD in chemical engineering.

He is undertaking research into biofuels, a renewable energy-related project.

The Salters’ Institute invites universities to nominate one final year undergraduate in either chemistry or chemical engineering. Paul was Cambridge University’s candidate.

The shortlisted candidates are interviewed at Salters’ Hall, London by representatives from industry and academia.

The selectors were looking for candidates who would ultimately be able to occupy leading positions in the UK chemical and allied industries. The award winners also needed to achieve a First Class honours degree.

Paul was one of 10 candidates nationwide to receive the award. The awards were presented by Lord Sainsbury, who has for many years supported funding to scientists in schools and universities. It is thought Paul is the first Old Lancastrian to win the award.