The Rawson Group The University of Windsor
Dr Rawson was born in Rugby (Warwickshire) in the UK but spent most of his childhood growing up on the Isle of Man, a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea (population around 70,000). The Isle of Man is best known for the T.T. motorbike races, the Laxey Wheel and kippers (smoked herrings) but has a dramatic and beautiful coastline, its own parliament and a temperate climate, i.e. the summers are not so hot, the winters not so cold and it rains more than most places! He went to school at King William's College where he failed miserably at the famous annual General Knowledge quiz (published in the Guardian Newspaper every Christmas).
He studied Chemistry at Durham University, gaining his BSc in 1987 and continued on to a PhD with Dr Arthur Banister, examining the chemistry of reactive sulfur-nitrogen compounds such as SNS+ and (NSCl)3 and the coordination chemistry of free radicals. He gained his PhD in 1990 and after two further years as a PDF he moved to the University of Edinburgh to work as a PDF with Richard Winpenny, where he probed the synthesis and magnetism of poly-nuclear complexes of the 3d transition metals and occasionally 3d/4f coordination complexes. He returned to Durham as a temporary lecturer for a year in 1995 before being appointed to Lecturer in Chemistry at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Magdalene College in 1996 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002.
From 2010 - 2017 he was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Materials at the University of Windsor and has been PI or co-I on research grants in excess of $3.8m since 2010. His research interests encompass inorganic molecular materials chemistry, main group chemistry, free radical chemistry, EPR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. He has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals including multiple chapters in academic texts.
He is currently an editor for the following journals: Molecules, Magnetochemistry and Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Research.
He has received numerous teaching prizes including the Faculty of Science Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award (2016) and the University Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching (2017).
Since 2018 he has been Assistant Chair to the Head of Department.