Harry L Anderson is a Professorial Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry. His areas of research include template-directed synthesis and organic molecules with unusual optical or electronic properties, such as dyes and molecular wires.

His research group in the Department of Chemistry is developing switchable fluorescent dyes for super-resolution microscopy and single molecule transistors; these projects are collaborations with scientists in the departments of Biochemistry and Materials, respectively. Anderson also works on porphyrin chemistry, acetylene chemistry, synthetic light-harvesting systems, large aromatic macrocycles and molecular nanorings. He has published more than 280 articles in scientific journals. He has been a Fellow at Keble College since 1994 and he was elected to become a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2013.