Bill Clegg Symposium

A one-day symposium is to be held to mark the retirement of Bill Clegg (though not from research!) and focusing on major aspects of his research career to date: synchrotron crystallography and structural alkali-metal chemistry, including both historical and current perspectives.

Lunch will be provided. There is no fee for attendance. To assist with catering plans, please register if you plan to come, by 15 March: contact Isobel Lamb on 0191 222 7102 or

Registration, coffee and lunch are in the Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre, Newcastle University (number 31 on the downloadable PDF campus map at; very close to Haymarket Metro Station), and the talks are in Lecture Theatre 6 of the King George VI Building (number 33 on the map; guides will show the way between these locations). For further travel information provided by the University, see


From 10:00 Registration; coffee available

10:50 Welcome and opening remarks

11:00 Professor Paul Raithby (University of Bath): Bigger, brighter, faster: the development of

single-crystal X-ray crystallography in the UK

11:45 Dr Steve Liddle (University of Nottingham): A journey from lithium to uranium: a
structural tale

12:30 Dr Gary Nichol (University of Arizona, USA): Just trust me: synchrotron crystallography
from a service perspective

13:15 Lunch

14:15 Professor Bill Clegg (Newcastle University): Personal reflections (X-ray and otherwise)

14:30 Dr Simon Teat (Advanced Light Source, Berkeley, USA): Lord of the Rings

15:15 Professor Rab Mulvey (University of Strathclyde): Social and structural synergy: Clegg,

Snaith, and Mulvey meet the alkali metals

16:00 Professor Dietmar Stalke (University of Göttingen, Germany): What a lithium chemist

can learn from charge density

16:45 Closing remarks