Professor Tony Campbell, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Tony Campbell has been a pioneer in the exploitation of chemi- and bio-luminescence for over 35 years.

Professor Tony Campbell
Professor Tony Campbell

He won the a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 1998 for his pioneering use of chemiluminescence in clinical settings. 

This breakthrough revolutionised biomedical research and clinical diagnosis, transforming the field and leading to improvements in healthcare around the world.

The 'chemiluminescence phenomenon' is where chemicals emit light during reactions. The discovery of its power has led to faster and more accurate tests for allergies, anaemia, cancer and HIV, and is now being used in more than 100 million clinical tests per year. 

The present worldwide use of labelled antibody assays based on chemiluminescence is further testimony to the significance of Professor Campbell and his colleagues' work.

As well as receiving the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 1998, Professor Campbell was also selected by Universities UK in their Eureka project as one of the 100 most important inventions from UK Universities in the past 50 years.