Richard Tuckett qualified with a BA (Hons) and PhD from the University of Cambridge in the late 1970s. His PhD was on the Use and Development of a SISAM interferometer operating in the near-infrared to study electronic spectra of free radicals in the gas phase.
He was awarded a PostDoctoral Fellowship by the SERC, and he chose to work with Professor Alan Carrington, FRS, in the Department of Chemistry at University of Southampton. There, he built a crossed supersonic beam / electron beam apparatus to study the electronic spectra of cold molecular ions. He continued this work with funding from a College Research Fellowship from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from 1980 to 1983.
He was awarded an SERC Advanced Fellowship in 1983. He moved to Birmingham in 1985, and was appointed to the Staff in 1986. He has had two extended periods of Study Leave whilst at Birmingham; Stanford USA (1993) and ETH Zurich Switzerland (2006).
His main research areas now are in the field of vacuum-ultraviolet spectroscopy and unimolecular dynamics of polyatomic gas-phase molecules, especially of long-lived greenhouse gases. He uses synchrotron radiation from national sources for these studies, and currently is a dedicated user of the Swiss Light Source (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland).
He is Director of the 1st year Undergraduate Class in the School of Chemistry, and has overall pastoral responsibility for the Induction and Welfare of new students to this degree programme.