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This is the home of the Nigel Botting Memorial space.

Dr Nigel Botting

(16/6/1962 - 4/6/2011)

Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

School of Chemistry from 1st August 1990  until 4th June 2011

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Thank you

Nigel Botting's funeral will be on 16th June - Nigel's birthday - at 10:30 at St Leonard's Church, Hepburn Gardens, St Andrews, then 11:30 at the Western Cemetery, Strathkinness Low Road followed by the Whey Pat, Bridge Street, St Andrews afterwards.

 Dress code for funeral: black not required.

Catherine has asked that there not be flowers and in lieu of flowers donations can be made. For anyone wishing to make a donation in Nigel's memory, Catherine has identified the following two charities: The ¿John Muir Trust, for protecting wild land and wild places, of which Nigel was a member and the ¿Association for International Cancer Research a St Andrews based cancer charity initially run by Dr Colin Thomson (see HistoryofAICR.pdf)  who was a Lecturer here in the School of Chemistry, which funds  research into the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer.  MacGregors Funeral Directors, 56 Largo Rd, St Andrews are willing to forward donations on the day.
To make it easier for those in St Andrews the Chemistry and BSRC offices can collect any donations on your behalf over the next two weeks, simply let them know which cause you prefer. We will total up and give it to the charities in Nigel's name.

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  1. Nigel was a close colleague and friend who will be greatly missed by all. We send our love and sympathy to  his wife, Catherine.  Nigel  was one of the most intelligent, gentle, warm and open people I have ever met. And he had amazing energy and ability to organize and achieve his goals, not only in his  research but also in his weekend pursuits with Catherine of hill-walking, canoeing and gardening. I remember especially the way he took the Chembus outreach idea and  transformed it into the incredibly well resourced and organized professional operation it has become. Everyone on the venture was inspired and motivated by his enthusiasm and encouragement, and we all had great fun on the road. Above all, we will miss his warmth and sense of humour, especially at the Whey Pat and over dinner where we would love to hear his stories and opinions on the Scottish hills,  films, music, books and football.

  2. Anonymous

    Gareth Knight:

    Nigel was a quiet unassuming man, but with it extremely intelligent and hugely inspirational. I can confidently and happily say that with him as both my undergraduate advisor of studies and as my PhD supervisor both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees were easier and more enjoyable. The Botting group was always a happy and friendly place to work due to Nigel's good sense of humour, his calming influence and his excellent qualities as an educator, this was also reflected in the high esteem in which he was held by staff and students alike.

    Nigel contributed hugely to the Department at St Andrews and his efforts will, I know, be greatly missed, I have many fond memories of my time with Nigel and the group, from the more mundane Group Meetings, through group days out and Chemistry Camp even to having to share Catherine's car back from Ninewells when we both ended up in casualty after simultaneous Sports injuries!!

    Catherine, we are extremely sorry for your loss and all are thoughts are with you at this very sad time, we will always remember Nigel with great fondness.

  3. Anonymous

    My condolences to Nigel's Family, he will be missed by many

    Not many people can get on with everyone, Nigel was one of the very few people who could get on with almost everybody. Many years ago I worked with Nigel on Chembus and enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you Nigel for leaving us with warm memories.

  4. Anonymous

    As an academic advisor Nigel gave me and my class mates a great deal of support during our first years at the University of St Andrews. In particular he made the transition into second year for direct entrant students a relatively easy one and his door was always open if we had any problems or difficulties. My fondest memory of Nigel is at the beach bbq's for the Salter's Chemistry Camp where he amazed the school pupils by making ice-cream with the use of liquid nitrogen. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts are with his wife Catherine at this difficult time.

    Catherine Bromley

  5. Anonymous

    Though I never knew this gentleman, I feel so sorry for the loss. Best regards to his family and friends. And may he rest in peace.

  6. Anonymous

    From Mark Roydhouse:-

    I remember Nigel very well from my time at St Andrews, I will always remember the good fun we had doing Chembus and various other schools activities, he used to call me the slime king. When Nigel was my internal examiner for my PhD Viva, at the end of the viva, he said "Shall we tell him the result now or make him wait for the customary 10 mins outside?" to the Victor (The other examiner). They proceeeded to make me wait outside, but given the warm smile on Nigel's face, I already knew the result! He will be missed very much, he was a Gentleman and all round warm person with so much energy.  My thought's are with Catherine and Nigel's family. May he rest in peace.

  7. Anonymous

    My condolences to Nigel's family. I had worked with Nigel during my University years from 1992- 2002 on the local RSC committee. At all time Nigel was the perfect curteous gentleman. Mannerly and respectful to all. It is with deep regret to hear he is no longer with us. It was a pleasure to have known Nigel. JT

  8. Anonymous

    Nigel's loss is terribly sad, his productive and useful life has been cut unfairly short. My heart goes out to Catherine. Nigel was a better human being than almost anyone else I know. He was a superb colleague. When I came to St Andrews 17 years ago, he was a friendly face that remained friendly all these years.

    As people who visit know we are building a new building attached to Purdie and BMS, we have also just refurbished the teaching labs for research. Nigel helped do the heavy lifting of coordinating the chemistry component of the bid to the Wellcome Trust. Although its a team effort, Nigel made the team work. That he did so without benefiting himself, with good humour, without claiming any credit, without offending anyone or without pushing his contribution to the attention of the higher ups was absolutely typical of him.

    I will miss him greatly, Chemistry and BSRC at St Andrews are diminished by his loss.

    I am so sorry for Catherine.

    Jim Naismith

  9. Anonymous

    Having been a shy undergraduate student, Nigel was one of the few academics I was never too intimidated to ask a question of. He was a caring soul and a great lecturer, and I was truly saddened by the news of his loss. I will miss seeing him on my trips back to St Andrews and my thoughts are with his wife, his family and friends at what must be a very difficult time.

    Charlotte Jones

  10. Anonymous

    I'm really shocked to hear such awful news. Dr Botting was always such a charismatic and emblematic figure of Chemistry at St Andrews and the thought of him passing so quickly comes as a terrible piece of news. In the sadness of it all at least we can be thankful for the good moments we shared with him. I wish to extend my most sincere condolences to Catherine and his family in this difficult time. For sure St Andrews will miss his persona as well as his professional contribution most deeply.

    Alberto Libanori

  11. Anonymous

    Nigel Botting was without a doubt one of the best lecturers the department of Chemistry had. From my very first meeting with him in my first year back in 2008 I knew that he was a friendly face that I could always count on if there were any problems I had whether it was ChemSoc, SSCC or exams. Although he worked hard and was always busy he could always find time to help out students who seeked his help and advice; all the while with a smile that could infect an entire room. His dedication spanned not only past and current students but also those students who had yet to join; as he put much effort into showing school children the value and fun of chemistry.

    It is hard to imagine the Chemistry department without such a dedicated, charismatic and above all caring individual. My sincerest condolences go to all his family, friends and colleagues. Nigel will be greatly missed.

    Daniel Firth

  12. Anonymous

    I first met Nigel in the autumn of 2008, when I came to St Andrews to interview for a PhD position here, and it was because of Nigel that I ultimately chose to study here above anyone else. He was such a welcoming man and I knew immediately that he was the right person for me to work under.

    I didn't see Nigel again until the spring of 2009 when I moved up here, and since then I got to know him as kind hearted, and wise man, who valued the balance between research and teaching. He encouraged us to become independent scientists, who didn't need to be watched over all day and had faith in us to work hard on our science and that our own enthusiasm and determination would carry us through the project.  And every week we would deliver stories of our successes and our failures in the lab and his thoughts and opinions were gladly accepted and acted upon.

    The one thing about Nigel is that his door was always open, literally. He was always there for a quick chat about some chemistry or just to vent about a bad day. A quick trip into Nigel's office was an instant reminder of how much he was valued in the department, with many certificates and awards given to him from the department in recognition for his teaching.

    In the year I have spent working with Nigel has been the most valuable in my training as a scientist, giving me free reign to explore research, and the chance to demonstrate to undergraduates and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work in his group.

    I will miss his humour, enthusiasm and his guidance. It is a saddening thought to know that I will be Nigel's final PhD student, and that many more students will miss out on his great wealth of experience and knowledge. But I am honoured to have been part of his research group and I hope that he would be proud of the achievements that myself the rest of the group will accomplish.

    I will miss Nigel greatly, and my heart goes out to Catherine and his family at this difficult time.

    Andrew Nortcliffe.

  13. Anonymous

    The St Andrews school of chemistry is blessed with a handful of people who truly understand teaching, who hit the nail on the head with every explanation and who inspire everyone, giving them the confidence to tackle problems without being put off. Nigel Botting was one of these people, and he did it with a reassuring smile which for undergraduates slightly overwhelmed by a difficult subject was exactly what was needed. His contribution to the school over the years has to have been staggering, and he will be missed. 

  14. Anonymous

    The very first person I met when I visited the Chemistry Department 12 years ago on an open day. Whenever I think of Nigel, I don't think I can think of one instant not to smile about, and I am sure I am not the only one. NPB initialed lectures were always ones to look forward too and despite being more materials science, I still tell things that was learned from his lectures. We always knew for the wine tasting and the chemsoc meal to hold tickets for him, as no matter what he would be there with Catherine. The Chemistry department will never be the same as no visit is complete without a 'Didn't we get rid of you?' with his grin before asking what was happening. 

    Calum Dickinson 

  15. Anonymous

    I owe Nigel a debt for the person I am today, and he made my time at St. Andrews enjoyable and memorable.

    I won't forget what he taught me, and will be reminded of him whenever I see chilli plants.

  16. Anonymous

    Nigel Botting was a wonderful lecturer and man. I always felt comfortable asking him for help and looked forward to his lectures. He would always smile at you if you passed him in the corridor and is a great loss to the department and future students. My condolences go out to his family. Rest in peace.

    Cheryl Gibb

  17. Anonymous

    It's almost impossible to put into words how awful and devastating this news is of Nigel's very early passing.  He was without a doubt one of the biggest influences and inspirations of my chemistry career and time in St Andrews.  That first day at the university with Nigel as my advisor of studies was made so much easier by his caring smile, helpful guidance and overall kind and welcoming nature.  He continued to support me and guide me throughout all of my undergraduate career, and his lectures were always some of the most inspiring and enjoyable to attend.  It came as no surprise to his students that he won the best lecturer prize almost every year - it was a well deserved "thank you" for all the enthusiasm and effort he put into teaching us.  Finally, I was fortunate and priviledged to be able to carry out my PhD in Nigel's group and remain under his guidance and care for a further 3 and a half years, during which time he helped me to develop my skills as a researcher.  And of course, who can forget the dinners at his house and the wonderful home-made birthday cakes that he always brought whenever one of the group had a birthday - such a nice touch, which is one reason why his group members loved him so much.  The department has lost one of it's most kindhearted, loved, honest and caring members and he will be sadly missed.  My heart goes out to Catherine and to Nigel's family at this most difficult of times.  I hope they can take some comfort in knowing that they are in our thoughts and prayers.


    Laura Boyd.

  18. Anonymous

    My condolences and thoughts are with Nigel's family, especially Catherine in this difficult and challenging time.

    Through out my journey as an undergraduate, Nigel was always one of the first people I would turn to when requiring assistance and help, be it related to chemistry or any other personal problems ranging from pre-exam nerves and illnesses to discussion of family matters. Nigel was always incredibly welcoming and understanding, ready to listen and provide advice which I, and many other students, greatly appreciated. Regardless of the matter, Nigel would always be able to provide a quip or insight which would brighten ones day and he seemed to have a great ability to find a lightness in any situation. Nigel's role in outreach work to local schools and in running activities such as ChemBus and assisting in the ID4000 modules will be remember by many as showing his considerate, caring and immensely thoughtful nature and his loss leaves the St. Andrews chemistry community  and surrounding schools which benefited from his charitable work poorer as a whole.

    Nigel will be deeply missed not only for his personality which defined him as one of the most decent people I have known but also for his great skill and understanding of chemistry. Lectures taken and led by Nigel were always one to attend as he made demanding and taxing subjects both enjoyable and interesting as evidenced by the plethora of teaching awards that he so rightly deserved.

    Rest in peace Nigel, you will certainly remain in our memories.

    Luke Crawford

  19. Anonymous

    My most sincere condolences to Catherine and Nigel´s family. Since I knocked at his door a few years ago asking for help and advice with the chemistry, Nigel was always a fantastic person to talk to and an enthusiastic and excellent collaborator that never said no to anything you ask him for. His energy and optimism were truly unique and contagious. We will miss him very much.


  20. Anonymous

    Nigel Botting was the first person in the Chemistry department I spoke to once I had started. He was my advisor and was such a nice guy, and made me feel so welcome. Whenever I saw him, he would always say hi, and would give up so much time to help students with work etc. He was a truly gifted lecturer, and made his lectures interesting and motivated students well. I was honoured to take part in the Chembus, which he organised, and I'm aware he worked hard to get the Chembus to the standard it is at. I know he will be greatly missed by the Chemistry department, and by every student. My condolences to Nigel's family, and to his friends.

    Jenny Dachtler

  21. Anonymous

    I'm not going to write another paragraph in homage to Nigel, as to be honest with you, if you are writing here, and reading these messages, then you know the kind of man that he was.  I dont think I can give him the justise that he deserves in a short paragraph, so  I will simple say that he was a LEGEND!  Gone too soon and will be sorely missed.


  22. Anonymous

     We will miss our weekly Whey Pat sessions with Nigel. Even though he could never be persuaded to drink anything else than Tennent's...

    Nigel was a generous and witty person and a good friend. One of those quiet people who almost unnoticeably lighten up everybody's life. Catherine, our thoughts are with you.

    Tanja & Herbert

  23. Anonymous

    Nigel was great, helpful and supportive and I know my undergrad would not have been the same without his help and influence. I will miss him and can't believe that he is gone. My heart goes out to his family though this hard time.


  24. Anonymous

    Oh Catherine - how we feel for your loss. We have known you both for years since our time as students in Southampton getting drunk at the weekends, singing Abba songs, arguing about football at the Gani group parties and organising the chemistry dept Christmas do. So many wonderful memories with Nigel a key figure in them.

    We'd always said that if we were chosen for who want to be a millionaire then we'd choose Nigel as our phone a friend for his encyclopedic knowledge of music and sport. How utterly tragic for us all to lose such a friendly giant, so young so full of energy and happiness. I can only imagine the hundreds and thousands of people that Nigel touched though his life and career - that's clear from the messages already posted. We are all blessed to have met him and he will be sadly missed.

    Our thoughts are with you Catherine - please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help now and in the future

    Graham, Ann, Becky, Jack & James Baker

  25. Anonymous

    I had the pleasure of being tutored by Dr. Botting. Always helpful and friendly, he automatically put everyone he spoke to at ease. While I will now ever regret not getting to know him better, he always struck me as a genuinely great guy. My condolences to those he leaves behind.

    His work and his memory will endure.


  26. Anonymous

    Nigel helped me greatly during my first two years at St Andrews. He was a very caring, understanding and friendly man. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with Catherine at this sad time. 


  27. Anonymous


    I am so sorry for your loss.  I knew Nigel when I was a grad student at Southampton back in the late '80's working in the same lab.  Nigel was always most helpful and taught me much.  He was a good man and the world is a poorer place today for his passing.

    Nigel P, Montana USA.

  28. Anonymous

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Catherine and the family at this time.

    To say the sad news was a shock to hear was an understatement.

    Nigel was a truly inspirational man, a man who really touched a large number of people with his infectious manner, his enthusiasm and his overflowing kindness. He was a constant source of help and encouragement throughout my undergraduate years, and he had a gift for teaching. When I made my choice for my final year project supervisor, I hoped that I would get my first choice, Nigel, as he was the academic I felt closest to. I was delighted when I got my first choice, and could not have asked for any more from him as a supervisor: encouraging, engaging, knowledgeable and most importantly, generous with his time. He was a tremendous supervisor.

    I will always hold many memories of Nigel, especially of one Christmas Party in the common room. It was so nice to see an academic enjoying himself and getting in the Christmas spirit.

    Nigel was one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever had the pleasure to know. St Andrews will not be the same without him.

    Craig Campbell

  29. Anonymous

    Dear Catherine,

    I am very sorry for your loss.  I will always remembr Nigel not just from chemistry lectures, but also from ChemBus.  He made everyone feel confident in demonstrating to students.  When we shared a funny moment during the trip, I remember thinking for the first time, "Turns out I am allowed to joke with lecturers."  Ever so thoughtful, when he found out that I enjoy scientific journalism, he encouraged me to take a internship with the RSC.

    I am very honoured to have been one of his students.

    Yours sincerely,

    Kate Lim

  30. Anonymous

    Nigel was my PhD supervisor from 2000-2004, it was a prvilage to work for him.  His guidance and example made the Botting lab a great place to work and learn. Nigels ethusiasm and encouragement motivated everyone to succeed. Nigel's door was always open, to chat about work or how well our football teams were doing... The department has lost a great teacher and academic, I'm sure it won't be the same without him.

    Catherine, I am so sorry for your loss, I am so glad to have known and worked for Nigel, he was one of the best.

    Kerry Woznica

  31. Anonymous

    Dr Botting always gave the impression that the sole reason he was at this university was the students. Whether giving a lecture or teaching in labs, he always seemed as though he genuinely loved to teach which not only made his lectures interesting and engaging but also meant that timid students such as myself were not afraid to ask him for help. His cheery and bright temperament was a blessing to the department and will be missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. 

    Cat Schofield

  32. Anonymous

    This is such a sad loss - Dr Botting was a kind and supportive tutor, who genuinely cared for his students and their welfare. I wish Catherine and the rest of his family would know the peace and comfort of our Lord and that they would be strengthened in this terribly sad time. Psalm 23 v 4: Even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

  33. Anonymous

    I cannot express how deeply saddened I am to hear that Nigel has died. Nigel was one of the most genuine and kind people I have ever had the privilege to work with. He was a fantastic collaborator and an excellent chemist. I remember his softly spoken yet insightful contributions in our meetings, and will always be grateful for his advice and support that was instrumental in securing the early success of our project.

    I am very sorry for the loss of Nigel to everybody, but mostly of course to his family.

    Damian Mole, QMRI Edinburgh.

  34. Anonymous

    It's really sad to hear of this loss. I first met Nigel when he brought the ChemBus to my High School. His enthusiasm for teaching and demonstrating the fun of chemistry inspired me to pursue chemistry and come to St Andrews for my undergraduate degree. When I arrived at university he was my advisor of studies, and really helped me settle into the department and feel at ease. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. During my degree I was very lucky to demonstrate with ChemBus and at Salters' Chemistry Camp, and to see what a kind, caring and fun man he was.  He will be missed.

  35. Anonymous

    I used to see Nigel at the gym all the time he had a fitness regime that would put professional footballers to shame.

    He will be sadly missed.

    Kevin Thomson

  36. Anonymous

    From Steve Linton:

    Last January we went to Dundee to support our daughter in the regional final of "Top of the Bench" the RSC school chemistry quiz, which Nigel was organising despite (as I now realise) having just had this devastating diagnosis. He had obviously put a lot of work into making the evening really special for the teams, with a nice setting, unusual and challenging questions and a great rapport and we really appreciated it.  He will be missed.

  37. Anonymous

    From Arif Sheikh,

    The Death of Dr Nigel really saddens me. He was a lovely person. We used to talk often after working hours during my PhD days while he was watering his plants. I have deepest sympathies to his family. I do feel very sad for Catherine. Nigel will definitely be in our memories.

  38. Anonymous

     I was shocked by Nigel's passing. The School lost an outstanding teacher. I lost a good colleague who offered great helps to me in teaching. When I took the job of the module convenor of Physical Chemistry 2 a few years ago, he told me all details of the duty and helped me to achieve a  successful start. Since then, I had continously obtained his advices and helps in teaching. I will miss him. May he rest in peace.

    Wuzong Zhou

  39. Anonymous

    I have to say, as an Arts student I never knew Dr. Botting, however from what I have heard he was a thoroughly good teacher and a great contributor to the university. I send my deepest condolences to his wife and hope the darkness of today breaks for a brighter tomorrow. 

    Sincerely sorry, 

  40. Anonymous

    This is sad and shocking news. I've only known Nigel for the last 2-3 years as a collaborator and fellow chemist, but in that time he proved to be a humble and humourous person who went out of his way to help us out in matters unrelated to the direct focus of the project. From reading the comments here it is clear that this was his nature, and that Nigel's loss will be felt far and wide.

    Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    Chris Mowat (Chemistry, Edinburgh)

  41. Anonymous

    When I heard this news I was shocked. My condolences to Catherine and Nigel's Family. He was my first year PhD examiner and adviser. Kannan

  42. Anonymous

    Dear Catherine,

    I am going through A lot of stress at this moment myself! but when I have heard about your pain, I just Prayed to God "Please God Give my Friend, the Strength to bear the pain to go through it"

    I am a tiny little person Catherine, what else I can say more???

    I just Pray You can pick your normal life once again cos you have to !!

  43. Anonymous

    We were very shocked and saddened to hear this news.  Having Nigel as a lecturer and later working with him on ChemBus and other outreach activities was a privilege, one we very much took for granted.  While I might blame him for being the person who had to teach me column chromatography in the undergraduate laboratories, he also organised some of the most memorable events from our time at St Andrews (beach bbq in the rain)!  He was a wonderful lecturer and researcher and cared a great deal about outreach and students. He has inspired so many people, ourselves included, over the years and will be sadly missed.

    Our thoughts are with his family, colleagues, students and friends.

    Richard Darton & Katy Haxton (Chemistry, Keele)

  44. Anonymous

    I usually have an unofficial title for those who have supervised me, Nigel was known as "the nicest man in the world", but that hardly does him justice.  I clearly remember the first time I ever saw him, I was in my first year at Uni and was so impressed to see a lecturer wearing jeans.  In my undergraduate days he taught me how to write a lab report properly by mercilessly covering my over manicured work with oceans of red pen.  This was something I often joked with him about in years to come as I watched him do it again to some new and unsuspecting undergraduate when I was demonstrating in his honours labs.  To this day, I still pull out my notes from his lectures to remind me about the details of Michaelis Menten Kinetics and have passed them on to many students who were struggling with the ideas.  Nigel had a talent for making everything he taught almost effortlessly obvious.

    During my PhD it was a pleasure and a priviledge to work for Nigel.  He quietly supported me, both in science and life, and somehow managed to point me in the right direction at every junction.  He never seemed like a supervisor, more a partner with a common interest, there to advise.  It somehow seems fitting that I have decided to return to science and use the skills he encouraged.

    I met my husband in Nigel's group and Nigel donated his car for our wedding driving us to the end of the West Sands for photographs.  Catherine I have not forgotten how touched I was by the beautiful flower arrangement you made for us in the back window with flowers from your mother's wedding bouquet.

    A sense of fun pervaded Nigel's life and he lived it to the full, never being caught up in the dramas created by those around him but always supporting everyone who needed it.  He somehow never seemed too busy to listen, one of the many qualities I loved in him. I used to tell him that his only fault was an inability to say "no".  He was a truly selfless, hardworking, highly intelligent man who I frequently turned to.

    Most of all I loved spending time with Nigel and Catherine having dinner, sharing recipes and chatting about travel, sport and gardening.  I never suspected when I departed for Brisbane it would be the last time I saw him.  I regret not having told him how much he meant to me.  Nigel was, and will remain, my teacher, my mentor, my inspiration but most of all, my dear friend.  I, like so many others, miss you terribly and find it difficult to accept you are no longer here to share the future with us.

    Catherine I am so sorry for your tragic loss and want you to know I am thinking of you.

    Avril Robertson

  45. Anonymous

    So sorry to hear the very sad news that Nigel Botting passed away. He was a great lecturer and a great person and will be sorely missed! So sorry for your loss Catherine.

    Best, Catherine Dunford (2007)

  46. Anonymous

    Deeply shocked and saddened to hear this news today. I worked in the same Ph.D group as Catherine back in the 1990's

    when Nigel started his lectureship. We played 5 aside together and supported rival football teams and so there was always

    great banter between us. I will remember him with great fondness.      

    He was an excellent chemist, very approachable and a thoroughly decent person. It is no surprise to me that he became

    such an outstanding teacher, supervisor and lecturer.

    My thoughts are with Catherine and his family.

    Nick Camp

  47. Anonymous

    Paul Hawkins, Chemistry, 1989-1993

    Having arrived from Southampton with Nigel I saw him start out his independent research efforts and begin teaching. He got off to a fine start then but to judge by the comments here he made a great success of both aspects of his professional life, as I was sure he would. I am equally sure that he will be greatly missed by all of us, friends, colleagues and students alike.

    Nigel was a truly decent human being and there are too few like him.


  48. Anonymous

    Saddened to hear about the loss of Nigel , as ex colleague, I always found Nigel a personable Guy and and always Friendly with any dealings I had with with him.

    at this moment my thoughts go out his Family and in particularly to Catherine, He will be greatly missed in especially on the 4th floor of the BMS.

     Mark Dorward

  49. Anonymous

    I was two years into my PhD when Nigel arrived at the University (1990).  Nigel was very quite early on till he got his feet under him and that's when I discovered his love for football.  We formed a University team called the "Living Dead" and our colors were the Dutch National team.  I have a lot of fond memories of that year and I will always remember Nigels lanky form as he pushed his way through defenders dressed in Orange!

    I am so sorry to get this news and my thoughts go out to Catherine, his family and his family at the University.  Nigel touched a lot of people with his skill, personality, passion and love for life and chemistry, he leaves a big hole in our lives.

    Shaun Mesher

  50. Anonymous

    I had the pleasure of working with Nigel on a short project as an undergradauate and I can quite honestly say he was one of the nicest people I've ever met. He was always there when I needed help, smiling and friendly, regardless of how stupid some of my questions may have been.

    He was a great lecturer and all round great guy; always approachable, friendly and willing to listen. He will be deeply missed and my greatest condolences go out to his family.


  51. Anonymous

    I attended St Andrews from 1991 to 1998 working in the chemistry department.  I remember Nigel was a new lecturer at the same time I was a new student.  What stuck out about him was he was always dressed in jeans unlike most of the other lecturers which made you feel more at ease.  He always explained everythihng well while teaching us organic chemistry.  After leaving university I became a chemistry teacher and often called in a favour from knowing Nigel for various school events including chembus and the christmas lectures which he always honoured.  I am entirely grateful for these favours.  I worked with him on the RSC local section committee for a while and I cannot believe he is no longer with us.  My sympathies go to Catherine and his family.He will be dearly missed.

    Diane Oldershaw

  52. Anonymous

    My thoughts are with Nigel's family. I first met Nigel a few months ago. We participated in the widening participation working group convened by Professor Tobin. Working with him was a pleasure.

    Laurence Lasselle

  53. Anonymous

    I only met with Nigel on a few occasions but even in these few short times he was most helpful and struck me to be not only a great scientist but also one of the kindest and caring of people.  Condolences to all his friends and family.  


  54. Anonymous

    Dr. Nigel was a very good man indeed. His soul will rest in peace - that is for sure. I feel sorry for the ones left behind?

    No word is enough to condole the sad souls of his family. May GOD give peace to their bereaved souls.

    Irfan A Khan

  55. Anonymous

    Shocked and saddened to hear about Nigel.  He was a kind person and generous with his time.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  56. Anonymous

    Nigel was my supervisor during my fourth year project. One of the few skilled researchers who could also teach well, but above all he was a genuinely nice person.


  57. Anonymous

    Nigel was an integral part of Chemistry at St. Andrews in many ways, He was a wonderful man with unlimited time for students in aid of help or advice. His inspirational enthusiasm for his subject shows in all elements of his life from the teaching labs, tutorial groups, lectures, his own research group and Chembus.

    Nigel will be greatly missed, but will always be remembered fondly.

    My thoughts are with Catherine and all those close to Nigel at this time.

    -Brian Chalmers

  58. Anonymous

    Like so many others, Nigel Botting was the first academic I met on a St Andrews Open Day. His generosity, kindness and patience have been an example to all and can only offer my condolences to his friends and family on hearing this sad news.

    Grace Briggs

  59. Anonymous

    I'm desperately sorry to hear about Nigel.  I didn't study chemistry when I was at St Andrews between 1990-94, but I played on the same football teams - 'The Living Dead' and later 'AC Zimmers'.  I'll always remember that whenever I got the ball, there'd be a scream of 'Charlie!" as he hared up the pitch, well beyond my ability to pass.  After I left he and Catherine sent a Christmas Card every year without fail.  I always meant to look him up if I ever went back, but now that will never happen.  He was a lovely man, and he'll be sadly missed.  My deepest sympathies to Catherine.

    Charlie Drake

  60. Anonymous

    I am still shocked and deeply saddened that I shall never see Nigel again. Nigel was inspirational in so many ways and I feel fortunate to have known him for so many years as teacher/supervisor then collaborator and friend. As my undergraduate teacher years ago,  he was everyone's favourite for making the science accessible and being so approachable. As my 4th year project supervisor he provided fantastic support and encouragement especially when learning that chemistry doesn't always go to plan. He was the only member of staff to talk to about the real chemistry dilemmas, e.g. whether to go to a rare cup final at Hampden (May '94) or to study for finals on Monday - both, of course!  At graduation he really looked like, and was, one of us - his students.

    Throughout my time in research, industry and in most recent years with the RSC, it has always been a pleasure to return to St Andrews and work on educational projects with Nigel. Even in the last few months he worked enthusiastically on activities that he cared so much about, like the conference for chemistry teachers. He kept going and never let on how ill he was, but joked that he was sampling the drugs of his medicinal chemistry course.

    A complete star and all-round fantastic guy.... the original 'Special One'.  My thoughts are with you, Catherine, and the rest of your family.
    Morag Easson

  61. Anonymous

    I was shocked and saddened to hear on Sunday of Nigel's passing. He was a great guy, always friendly and up for a chat. My thoughts are with Catherine and family at this difficult time. 

    Lynn Power

  62. Anonymous

    The news will sadden many Chemistry teachers especially in the Tayside and Fife area.
    Nigel's tireless work in bringing ChemBus, Chemistry at Work and the Christmas lectures to our schools helped promote Chemistry to our pupils. I am certain his efforts encouraged many to embark on a chemistry based career. It was clear that he was passionate about his subject and was keen to pass that enthusiasm to the next generation of scientists.
    Anytime I met Nigel he was a gentleman in every sense of the word. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues but I hope that at this sad time it is worth remembering that Nigel did indeed help and encourage many in their lives.

  63. Anonymous

    During my time at St Andrews(1998 - 2002) I had the privelage to have Nigel as a lecturer and later went with him on the chembus. It was this experience and Nigel's enthusiasm for it that inspired me to look into teaching as a career. A few years later I attended the Teachers meeting in St Andrews and had the pleasure of meeting Nigel again. It struck me then that he hadn't lost any of that enthusiasm and he that he remembered me despite the large number of students he must see every year. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Catherine and family.

    Greig Walker

  64. Anonymous

    The news of Nigel's passing saddens Chemistry teachers across the country.  For 15 years we have travelled from Glasgow to attend the annual meeting he organised with such flair, efficiency and casual good humour. A lovely man who will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his wife and family.  Fran

  65. Anonymous

    My deepest sympathies to Catherine and family.

    Shocked and saddened to hear of Nigel's passing.

    It was only weeks ago that we were in touch and had hoped to visit him next month.

    I first met Nigel  when I joined his group as a summer project student (1991). It was a great introduction to research and I could not have asked for a a more friendly, optimistic or knowledgeable supervisor. At that time, he was a new arrival from Southampton but he soon became an invaluable member of staff. His easy style made him approachable and for many of us, his lectures were simply a joy. He made the subject fun, exciting and inspired me to study further and begin a career in medicinal chemistry.

    Outside the lab or the classroom, Nigel was good company in the pub or on the football pitch. I have many fond memories of joining Nigel & co in the Cellar Bar during my last year at St.A. Over the years, my links to the Uni have diminished but I was privileged to keep in contact with Nigel and I'll raise a toast to him on the 16th.

    Graeme Dykes

  66. Anonymous

    I was very sad to hear the news about Nigel. Nigel at all times was such a very nice, courteous and helpful person. Nigel was a great inspiration to me and other Chemistry teachers and to very large numbers of school pupils who experienced the wonders of chemistry as result of his enthusiasm and his hard work in organising so many inspiring chemistry events. My deepest condolences go to Nigel's family and his many friends. Nigel, you will be very sadly missed.

    David Shand

    Chemistry teacher

  67. Anonymous

    What sad news.  I remember Nigel with fondness.  As an undergraduate when Nigel started at St Andrews, I remember that we were impressed with this young teacher.  I got to know him a little when I studied for a Ph.D with Dave Richens in the 90s, and I remember Nigel for his terrific character as well as his growing reputation as a chemist - a very good person.  Similar to others who have commented here, I too served on the 'Chembus' before becoming a chemistry teacher, and appreciate this work 'reaching out' to school students.

    Scott Marr (B.Sc 1993 Ph.D 1997)

  68. Anonymous

    I am truly stunned and saddened to hear about Nigel.  I was at St. Andrews studying under Dave Gani for a Ph.D. (1991-1994) and for a while I was in lab space that Nigel's group shared.  He was always easy to get along with, decent and one of the most approachable people in the building.  He was always ready to answer a question.  

    St. Andrews and the world of chemistry will be all the poorer without him.

    David Perrey

  69. Anonymous

    I am quite saddened to hear the news about Nigel and my thoughts are with you.

    I knew Nigel in the late 80s at Southampton when he joined the Gani group as a post doc. He was the lynchpin for the expanding group and he was able to bring out the best in people and develop a solid team spirit. One of my first social encounters with Nigel was when he was my navigator in a motoring event. We had to quietly slip away from the event as my driving caused Nigel to be somewhat ill!

    He was excellent at getting Mahmoud to rise to whatever challenge he dare set - which generated much amusement to us all.

    A tragic loss.

    Tim Edwards

  70. Anonymous

    John G Mitchell wrote :-                                                                     09.45  09 June 2011

    Although my meetings with Nigel were sporadic and tended to be in and around the many Chemistry Teachers' conferences he organised in St Andrews around the end of May / beginning of June, it was more than enough time to fully realise what a unique person he was.

    As a Principal Teacher of Science out here in the Isle of Harris in the Western Isles, Nigel was singularly instrumental in persuading me and supporting me to come down year after year to attend those very valuable conferences and for that I will be for ever grateful as it certainly enriched the Learning and Teaching in the Chemistry Department of Sir E Scott Secondary School over the many years; so his influence extended well beyond the shores of North Fife right up to the Outer Hebrides.

    The world is a much poorer place with the passing of Nigel.

    My sincere condolences to his family.

  71. Anonymous

    I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear such tragic news. 

    I first met Nigel in autumn of 1984 when we both started our PhD's at Imperial College under Dr Brian Challis. He was such an intelligent and warm person full of humour and always had a smile on his face. I recall many hours being spent in the student union pub debating about music, football and getting drunk. He was by far the most popular person in our group and was always willing to go out of his way to help others. 

    After our PhD's, our paths crossed again at Southampton where we often played football in Southampton Common. Although the last time I physically met Nigel was in 1989, we kept in contact via annual exchange of messages in Xmas cards. 

    Catherine, I am extremely sorry for your loss and all my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I will always remember Nigel as the most considerate and kind hearted person that I have ever met.    

    Nirmal Chahal

  72. Anonymous

    I am deeply saddened to hear the death of Nigel.  Nigel was a wise, thoughtful friend and colleague to many, a superb teacher and supervisor in the School.  I have known Nigel since I moved to St. Andrews. We were closely contacted when we started our research collaboration. We had a joyful and productive collaboration on both research and supervision. I feel that Nigel was such a nice guy with the essence especially in these a few adjectives: modest, considerate, brilliant and dedicated. His courtesy and his tolerance of foibles of the others were almost excessive.... He will always be remembered.

    Huanting Liu

  73. Anonymous

    I didn't know Nigel very well, only from a brief conversation during the last Chemistry Teacher's Conference in St. Andrews. He struck me as a very personable, knowledgeable and humble man. Catherine, I knew you much better after all the help you so willingly gave me during my PhD. I am deeply saddened to hear of Nigel's passing and for your loss. Thinking of you and the rest of the family at this difficult time.

    Dale Mackay

  74. Anonymous

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of Nigel's death - he was a lovely and unassuming man. An excellent lecturer when I was an undergraduate, and an important source of information about CHEMSOC and other related matters while I was a postgraduate. He worked closely with Prof Pau Wright (my supervisor) and was always available for a quick chat.

    He will be much missed.

    Gordon Pearce 

  75. Anonymous

    From Catherine's parents.

    When our daughter Catherine first introduced us to Nigel both my wife and I thought what a lovely guy Nigel was. Our first impression never changed and when the question of marriage arose I had no hesitation in agreeing to our eldest daughter marrying such a delightful person.

    The marriage has been one of true devotion to each other. They went hill walking, kayaking and swimming together, and shared household chores. They celebrated romantic anniversaries with a regularity that would shame many. Their unstinting devotion to one another was commented upon by nursing staff at Ninewells Hospital. Here they also praised Catherine for her sensitivity and strength of character in holding Nigel, playing him his favourite music on his MP3 player and talking to him right to the end. This, said the nursing staff, takes some doing.

    Nigel was always positive in outlook. When we thought of moving to St Andrews there were no negative in-law comments; only a positive "great, your parents will be able to water our garden when we are away". - That was typical Nigel who bore his illness with such a positive approach and fortitude that most of us can only envy. We, our relations, Catherine's sister, Martine and her family, are deeply sad but feel privileged to have known Nigel. He was a delightful son-in-law and wonderful family member.

  76. Anonymous

    Graham Simpson: Principal Teacher Pastoral Care, Clydebank High School

    I knew Nigel from my time working at St Andrews (1996 to 1999). He was always such a gentleman, willing to help and give advice to a newbie like me. My thoughts are with Catherine and both families at this deeply sad time.

  77. Anonymous

    From Nigel's brother and family:

    Words cannot express the thanks for all the tributes and kindness shown to Nigel by his friends and colleagues, also to Nigel and Catherine's families. We did not know the details of his university career. The tributes have certainly opened our eyes to his amazing dedication to his work and how highly regarded he was. As my brother he was a very special person, a little shy as a youngster but very hard working. He was the first in the family to go to university, we were all very proud of him. I already miss our Sunday night telephone calls specially timed so he could avoid the washing up (but Catherine worked that out quickly!) Nigel got his love of sport from his Dad, not from me, but I still ribbed him on the ups and downs of Chelsea. Our visits to St Andrews have been a joy over the years, likewise Nigel and Catherine's visits down south to us. Thank you Nigel for all you have done, we will miss you so much.

    John and Christine, Neil and Diane, Carl and Lisa.

  78. Anonymous

    I was a student at the university of st andrews 2005-2008.  dr botting was an extrememly understanding and supportive member of staff.  a very intelligent man.  this is a great loss to the world of chemistry.  i know he will be sorely missed.  my deepest condolences to catherine. rest in peace. 

  79. Anonymous

    I was saddened to hear of Dr Bottings death. I did not know him personally but always enjoyed the National Scottish Teachers meetings he organised. My condolences to his family and friends.

  80. Anonymous

    Our laboratory owes a good deal of its success in developing and implementing methods for assessing phytoestrogen exposure to Nigel and the efforts of his research group to consistently provide us with high quality analyte and internal standards. Although I never had the opportunity to meet Nigel in person I have always thought of him as a friend. A very kind,considerate and accomodating indivdual. He will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to his wife, Catherine, his family and colleagues at St. Andrews.

    Michael Rybak, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA USA.

  81. Anonymous

    Like many people who have already posted on here, Nigel was my academic advisor in first and second year, and made the process of direct entry to second year considerably smoother - had it not been for his advice and encouragement I probably would have given up and gone home within the first week! Throughout the course of my degree he continued to be a friendly face who was always willing to help and listen - even if the problem was none of his responsibility whatsoever. My thoughts are with his family and the St Andrews chemistry department will be a sadder place without him. Jo Grant

  82. Anonymous

    I worked with Nigel 10 years ago, together with Paul Wright.  What a top class chemist!  I owed him awful lots for my career now as he brought me to the world of biomolecules.  The work we did together is still by far the most successful among all research works I did. 

    Still remember that I caught him outside his office once when he was trying to hide a copy of NME inside his jacket!  How cool was that!

    No one will ever believe that now I am teaching organic chemistry to undergrads, thanks to Nigel.

    Humphrey Yiu, Heriot-Watt University   

  83. Anonymous

    Nigel was a great lecturer and a true inspiration to anyone who sat in his lectures and it was him that generated an interest in teaching with the chembus and ID4001's teacher placements and for that i will always be grateful, i've had so many great experiences and opened up new opportunities for me, hopefully i can be half as enthusiastic as he was in teaching.  A great loss to the department and my thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.  Euan R 

  84. Anonymous

    Nigel was a fantastic lecturer, teacher and tutor. I benefited from his skills as an undergraduate and he typified to me the quality of the St Andrews Chemistry academic: effortlessly combining top quality teaching with high-level research.

    I have only just heard about Nigel's untimely death and am deeply saddened. What a great loss to St Andrews and to the chemistry community.

    Chris Satterley (MChem 1998 - 2002)

  85. Anonymous

    My family and I would like to thank everyone for the tributes to my brother Nigel. It is comforting to know his legacy will live on in research and in his students teachings. I would also like to thank all those who attended his funeral. It showed how highly he was thought of and respected. He will be greatly missed in the field of Chemistry .

     I would like to thank Catherine for her love, devotion and care of Nigel in the last months and the courage she has shown since.

    To us he was a Brother and an Uncle.his nephews David, Ian and Philip were only a few years younger and to them he was always" Nogger".

              Be at peace.

                                 Janet Bruce David Ian and Philip.