Brooker in 2017
|Alma mater||University of Canterbury|
|Known for||Chemistry of transition metals and macrocycles|
|Institutions||University of Otago|
Sally Anne Brookeris a New Zealand inorganic chemist. She has been a full professor at the University of Otago since 2006.
Brooker was educated at Hawarden Area School in North Canterbury from 1970 to 1982,and was dux of the school in her final year there. She went on to study chemistry at the University of Canterbury, first graduating Bachelor of Science with first-class honours, and then completing a PhD titled Synthesis and characterisation of polynuclear complexes with macrocyclic and related ligands under the supervision of Vickie McKee in 1989.
After a period of post-doctoral research with George Sheldrick at the University of Göttingen, Brooker returned to New Zealand to take up a lectureship in chemistry at the University of Otago in 1991.She rose to become a full professor in 2006.
Brooker's research is in the fields of transition-metal and macrocyclic chemistry.Her work has included the development of molecular switches and molecular magnets, with potential application in nanodevices.
In the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours, Brooker was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to science.Later that year, she won the Hector Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Brooker was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2007, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2011.In October 2019, Brooker was appointed one of seven inaugural sesquicentennial distinguished chairs, or poutoko taiea, at Otago University.
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