Jeremy Randall Knowles was remarkable both as a celebrated organic biochemist and as a wise administrator, and throughout his career he retained a lasting love of music and the arts. He was for several years a tutorial Fellow of Wadham College and a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Oxford, 1962–74. In 1974 he left Oxford permanently for Harvard University to become Professor of Chemistry; in 1979 he was named the Amory Houghton Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. To the surprise of many, he later gave up this chair to become the Dean of Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a post he held with great distinction from 1991 to 2002. He returned to Harvard's University Hall again as Interim Dean from 2006 to 2007.
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