Catherine Housecroft was born in Bradford, England where she was educated until University level.
She gained both her BSc (1973-76) and PhD (1976-79) degrees at the University
of Durham, UK (St Aidan's College), studying for her PhD under the supervision
of Professor Ken Wade where her long held interest in main group clusters
began. The introduction to clusters containing both boron and transition
metal elements was made during her Postdoctoral work with Professor Tom
Fehlner at the University of Notre Dame, USA. After a year on the Faculty
of the University of New Hampshire, USA, Catherine took up a position as
College Lecturer at Newnham College at Cambridge University, and was soon
appointed as a Royal Society Research Fellow and then as a University Lecturer
at Cambridge University in the Department of Chemistry. In 1994, she moved
to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Basel, becoming a Titular
Professor in 1998. Between 2000 and 2002, Catherine held a position as Professor
of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, UK where she was also Director
of Education. She returned to Basel in 2002.
She has been an Associate Editor of Coordination Chemistry Reviews, and
from 1997, has been one of the two Executive Editors for the inorganic
chemistry journal Polyhedron.
She has been an Associate Editor of Coordination Chemistry Reviews, and from 1997, has been one of the two Executive Editors for the inorganic chemistry journal Polyhedron.
addition to research which is run jointly with Professor Edwin Constable,
one of Catherine's major interests is the writing of chemistry textbooks
(see under Publications).