Paul Anthony Madden is a British chemist and Provost of The Queen’s College, Oxford.
After beginning his career in the Chemistry Department at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Magdalen College, he transferred to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in 1981. From 1984 until 2004 he was Fellow in Chemistry at The Queen’s College, Oxford and also Senior Tutor of the College and Chairman of the University Information Technology Committee. From 2005 until 2008 he was the Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions at the University of Edinburgh. He took up the office of Provost of The Queen’s College on 2 August 2008.
Since the mid-80s his research career has been concerned with the development of computational efficient methods for the simulation and prediction of materials properties at the atomistic level, with a particular focus on ionic materials and molten salts. He has published about 290 peer-reviewed articles with and H-index over 50. He is currently a participant in the Euratom-Funded EVOL project to study the basic science of a thorium-fuelled molten salt fast reactor, and a member of its governing council.
He has been awarded the Mulliken Medal of the University of Chicago, and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Tilden and Statistical Mechanics Medals for his achievements in Theoretical and Physical Chemistry. He has served as Miller Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (2004), as the Néel Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon (1990), and as a visiting professor at the University of Sydney (1999). He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2001 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2006.