Andrew D. Hamilton

President of New York University
Former Vice-Chancellor of University of Oxford


Andrew David Hamilton was born on November 3, 1952. He is a British chemist and academic who is the 16th and current President of New York University. From 2009 to 2015, he served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Before leading Oxford, he was Provost of Yale University from 2004 to 2008. Hamilton’s research has spanned porphyrin, supramolecular, medicinal, bio-organic chemistry and chemical biology. His laboratory is most noted for the design of barbiturate hosts, farnesyl tranferase inhibitors, protein surface binders, and helix mimetics. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Surrey, Tsinghua University, and the University of Exeter, among others. He was the 2011 recipient of the International Izatt Christiansen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry and has been the editor and/or author of five books. He resides in Greenwich Village with his wife, Jennifer.


I would like to express my support for Ashinaga’s inspiring project “100-Year Vision (now, Ashinaga Africa Initiative) for Supporting the Higher Education of Orphaned Students from Sub-Saharan Africa”. Education plays a vital role in the development of individuals and nations and I am delighted to be associated with this exciting initiative.

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