Gerald Blunden, an Emeritus Professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Portsmouth UK, has been an internationally renowned pioneer and authority in the fields of phytochemistry and phytomedicines with more than five decades of scientific research experience. Professor Gerald Blunden received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham, and Ph. D from the University of Portsmouth.
Throughout his career, Professor Blunden has published more than 400 scientific papers, both refereed and non-refereed, and supervised or examined thesis’ for approx. 80 Ph.D students. Professor Blunden has been awarded with many distinctions including the Honorary Member of the Hungarian Pharmaceutical Society, the Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Faculty Gold Medal by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Szeged, Hungary, and the 650th Anniversary Medal of Charles’ University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Professor Blunden has been a member of or has chaired numerous national and international committees including, the American Society of Pharmacognosy, the Pharmacognosy Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the British Psychological Society Council, the Manpower Committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Council for National Academic Awards Register (with particular reference to Pharmacy), Vice Chairman of the UK Heads of Schools of Pharmacy, and the Advisory Committee to the British Pharmacopoeia Commission.
Professor Blunden has been an editorial member or referee for over 50 scientific journals and 20 research grants around the world. In particular, the international journal “Natural Product Communications” has especially set up a “Gerald Blunden Award” for the best research papers and review articles published on the journal in order to honour Professor Blunden’s “innumerable contributions”. Professor Blunden was a founding editor and currently the Honorary Editor for the journal.