Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with 1st class honors, University York, England, 1994. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, University York, England, 1997.
He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and appointed to the Reigus Chair of Chemistry in 2013 (He was previously the Gardiner Chair, appointed April 2009). Lee Cronin received his Bachelor of Science From 1997 to 1999, he was a Leverhulme fellow at the University of Edinburgh working with Doctor Neil Robertson, and after that he moved to the University of Bielefeld (1999–2000) as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow in the laboratory of Professor Achim Mueller.
In 2000 he joined the academic staff at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, as a Lecturer in Chemistry, and in 2002 he moved to a similar position at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. He became Reader at the University of Glasgow in 2005, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Advanced Fellow and Professor of Chemistry at that institution in 2006, and in 2009 became the Gardiner Professor there.
In 2013 he became the Regius Professor of Chemistry (Glasgow). Glasgow is the only University to have a Regius Professor of Chemistry.
Cronin gave the opening lecture at TEDGlobal conference in 2011 in Edinburgh. He outlined initial steps his team at University of Glasgow is taking to create inorganic biology, life composed of non-carbon-based material.
He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize by the Leverhulme Trust in 2007.
He was awarded the Corday-Morgan medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. Lee Cronin was the subject of a film entitled Inorganica, which documents the progress of his research in inorganic biology and origins of life. Cronin has published over 300 papers, given 250 lectures.
He runs a large and vibrant research group and holds Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Programme, Platform Grants and was awarded a European Research Council (European Research Council) Advanced Grant.
Member of Royal Society Chemistry (chartered chemist).
Married Deborah Atiken Porter, January 16, 1999.