Sally Brooker

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Sally Brooker

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Brooker in 2017
NationalityNew Zealand
Alma mater University of Canterbury
Known forChemistry of transition metals and macrocycles
Scientific career
FieldsInorganic chemistry
Institutions University of Otago

Sally Anne Brooker MNZM is a New Zealand inorganic chemist. She has been a full professor at the University of Otago since 2006. [1] [2] [3]



Brooker was educated at Hawarden Area School in North Canterbury from 1970 to 1982, [4] and was dux of the school in her final year there. [5] 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. [4]

Academic and research career

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. [4] [6] She rose to become a full professor in 2006. [6]

Brooker's research is in the fields of transition-metal and macrocyclic chemistry. [2] Her work has included the development of molecular switches and molecular magnets, with potential application in nanodevices. [7]

Honours and awards

In the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours, Brooker was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to science. [8] [9] Later that year, she won the Hector Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand. [7] [10] [11]

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. [7] In October 2019, Brooker was appointed one of seven inaugural sesquicentennial distinguished chairs, or poutoko taiea, at Otago University. [12]

Selected works

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  11. "Role in 'greening' planet earns award". Otago Daily Times. 11 October 2017.
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