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Derek Pletcher studied chemistry at the University of Sheffield, obtaining his BSc in 1967 and PhD in 1967. He then came to Southampton as a founder member of the Electrochemistry Group initially led by Martin Fleischmann. He has remained in Southampton since, becoming a Professor in 1993. His research has focused on understanding electrode reactions and electrochemical systems, particularly those exploited in industrial processes. Funding has come from Industry as well as the Research Councils and he has been widely involved in joint research programmes and consulting with companies/associates in Europe and North America. His association with more than 80 postgraduate students from all parts of the world has led to some 330 papers, 30 reviews and lectures at International Conferences in Europe North America, South America, South Africa, Japan and Pakistan. Derek Pletcher is an ex-Editor of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry and continues to serve on its Editorial Board as well as that for Electrochemical Communications. He has also contributed to the work of the Electrochemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Electrochemical Technology Group of the Society of Chemical Industry, the International Society of Electrochemistry and the Electrochemical Society. In 2005, he was elected a Fellow of the US Electrochemical Society and he is to receive the 2006 Henry B Linford Award of the US Electrochemical Society at their Spring meeting in Denver, Colorado in May 2006.