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Warren was educated at Cheadle Hulme School near Manchester and read the Natural Sciences Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge. He stayed at Cambridge to complete a PhD with Malcolm Clark, before moving to Harvard to do post-doctoral research with F. H. Westheimer. Dr Warren returned to Trinity as a research fellow and subsequently took up a post as a teaching fellow at Churchill College in 1971. He remained a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge until his retirement in 2006. He won the Royal Society of Chemistry Bader Award in 2002.
The Warren group
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Warren's research group is renowned for having produced some of the most successful organic chemistry academics in the UK, including:
- Professor Nick Greeves (University of Liverpool)
- Professor Varinder Aggarwal, Professor Paul Wyatt (University of Bristol)
- Professor Jonathan Clayden (University of Bristol, formerly University of Manchester)
- Professor Peter O'Brien (University of York)
- Professor Adam Nelson (University of Leeds)
- Professor Kelly Chibale (University of Cape Town)
- Professor Iain Coldham (University of Sheffield)
- Professor Nikolai Kuhnert (Jacobs University Bremen)
- Dr. David Fox (University of Warwick)
- Dr. Lorenzo Caggiano (University of Bath)
- Professor Richard Hartley (University of Glasgow)
- Dr. Julian Knight (Newcastle University)
- Dr. Jason Eames (University of Hull)
jer Pedersen (University of Copenhagen)
- Dr. Stephen Thomas (University of Edinburgh)
Warren is well known for his university-level textbooks Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group (1974), Designing Organic Syntheses: The Synthon Approach (1978), Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (first edition 1982, second edition 2008), and its graduate-level sequel, Organic Synthesis: Strategy and Control (2007). He is perhaps best known as one of the authors of the best-selling undergraduate text Organic Chemistry (first edition 2000, second edition 2012), which he wrote with his former students Jonathan Clayden and Nick Greeves, and fellow Cambridge lecturer Peter Wothers.
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- Warren, Stuart (1974). Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group: A Programmed Approach to Organic Reaction Mechanisms. ISBN 978-0-471-92104-2.
- Warren, Stuart (1978). Designing Organic Syntheses: The Synthon Approach. ISBN 978-0-471-99612-5.
- Warren, Stuart (1982). Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (1st ed.). ISBN 978-0-471-10161-1.
- Warren, Stuart; Wyatt, Paul (2008). Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach (2nd ed.). ISBN 978-0-470-71236-8.
- Warren, Stuart; Wyatt, Paul (2007). Organic Synthesis: Strategy and Control (2nd ed.). ISBN 978-0-471-92963-5.
- Clayden, Jonathan; Greeves, Nick; Warren, Stuart; Wothers, Peter (2001). Organic Chemistry (1st ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-850346-0.
- "The Sceptical Chymist: The Nature Chemistry blog. Reactions - Stuart Warren".