A graduate who turned his back on a career in professional football and has become an award-winning environmental scientist has been honoured for his contribution to the field of chemistry.
Dr Charles West was once on the books of Hereford United before going back into the world of academia when he enrolled at Plymouth University in his early 20s.
He has since earned numerous accolades – including the Scopus Young Researcher UK Award for 2013 and being invited to join the judging panel of the Observer Ethical Awards 2014 – and has now been named as one of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “175 Faces of Chemistry”.
The project is part of the build-up to the Society’s 175th anniversary in February 2016, with 175 ‘faces’ being selected as ambassadors and role models for future generations.
Dr West said:
“There have been tens of thousands of chemists who have had a real impact on how we go about our daily lives, so to be named as one of the RSC’s ambassadors is a real honour. Chemistry has always been one of my true passions and I am lucky enough that, thanks to Plymouth University and its reputation as a global leader in the field, I am able to pursue a career which offers me opportunities I could never really have imagined.”