Robert Hill is a world-renowned scientist who serves as the James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University. His major research interests are the relationship between the structure and function of proteins and carbohydrates. Hill joined Duke's biochemistry department in 1961. He was chair from 1969 to 1993 and director of the University Program in Cell and Molecular Biology and the Medical Scientist Training Program. He has authored two textbooks and more than 340 articles and academic treatises. Hill is a past president of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1974 and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has been active in international scientific affairs and was general secretary of the International Union of Biochemistry from 1983 to 1991. Hill earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate in biochemistry from KU.