Michael Sherburn received both his BSc and PhD degrees from The University of Nottingham. He held positions at Massey University and The University of Sydney before being appointed Fellow at the Research School of Chemistry in December 2002. He has been awarded the Le Févre Memorial Prize (2006), an Erskine Fellowship (2008) and the A.J. Birch Medal of the RACI (2008). He was promoted to Professor at the Research School of Chemistry in 2011.