Jonathan Goodman studied boron-mediated aldol reactions during his PhD with Professor Ian Paterson FRS at the University of Cambridge. He then did a post-doc with Professor Clark Still at Columbia University, before returning to the chemistry department at Cambridge, where he is now Professor of Chemistry and also a Fellow, Academic Dean and Director of Studies in Chemistry at Clare College.
His research focuses on analysing reaction mechanisms and analytical data, using computational and chemical informatics approaches, and computational toxicology. His research group invented the DP4 methodology for interpreting NMR spectra and the latest development of this, DP4-AI, us now available. He has set up innovative chemical information courses at Cambridge, and designed the first website for the department of chemistry, which was one of the first dozen chemistry department websites in the world when it started in April 1994. He is chair of the CSA Trust, a trustee of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), secretary of the IUPAC InChI subcommittee, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a committee member of the RSC’s Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (CICAG). His work in chemical information has led to the development of the Reaction InChI (RInChI) and the discovery of the first InChIKey collisions.
He did not believe in the h-index until his passed forty. In 2013, he won the RSC’s Bader Award.