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William Walker Christie

M.B.E., B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S.E., F.R.S.C., C. Chem.

William Walker ChristieBill Christie was formerly Head of the Chemistry Department / Phytochemistry Unit at SCRI and on 'retirement' became a consultant and non-executive chairman to the Lipid Analysis Unit.

His main research interests involve structural analysis of lipids, especially

He was awarded an MBE in the 2000 New Year's Honours list and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Further information

Dr Christie is a graduate of the Chemistry Department of the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he also obtained his Ph.D., under the supervision of Professor F.D. Gunstone, who is also a consultant to the Lipid Analysis Unit.

Dr Christie is probably best known for his work on developing novel analytical methodology for lipids and his books are the standard texts on the subject. For example:

His second research interest is to apply this novel methodology to problems of lipid chemistry, biochemistry and physiology in plants and plant products. For example:

In addition, Dr Christie has received awards for presentation of ‘outstanding’ papers at meetings of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS), and in 1995 received the Herbert J. Dutton Award of the AOCS ‘in recognition of his contribution to analytical methodology in relation to oils, fats and lipids’. He is to receive the Alton E. Bailey Award of the AOCS in 2004 'for exceptional service in the field of lipids and associated products'. He is a member of the editorial advisory boards of Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, Lipids, Lipid Technology, European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology and Gracas y Aceitas, and was the founder of the Oily Press Ltd.

Selected Publications

A full publication list contains details of nearly 400 items (masochists who would like to view it as an ADOBETM PDF file can do so by clicking here). The first major item is a book, "Lipid Analysis" (Pergamon Press), published first in 1973, before it was extensively rewritten and a second edition published in 1982. More than 6000 copies have been sold and it is the standard work in its field. The third edition is now available. A further book on "High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and Lipids" was published in 1987 and a companion volume on "Gas Chromatography and Lipids" appeared in 1989 (from The Oily Press). In addition, 35 major review articles, 175 refereed papers and many other articles have been published or are in press. The list of publications shown here has been selected to show the range of Dr Christie’s research interests, as far as possible including more recent papers.

A number of his original articles are now available online in our Lipid Library


Refereed Papers

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