Gennady Michael (G.M.) Kosolapoff, B.S. in Chem. Eng. (Cooper Union; 1932); M.S. in Biochem. (U. Mich.; 1933); Sc.D. in Chem. (U. Mich.; 1936), was born in Viatka, Russia, 2 Sept. 1909. He fled with his family to eastern Asia soon after the Russian Revolution and lived there for several years, coming to the U.S.A. in 1924. After receiving his doctorate he served as Research Chemist for the Libby-Owens-Ford Glass Co. (1936-38), and then the Monsanto Chemical Co. (1938-48). He came to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1948 rising through the ranks to Research Professor of Chemistry (1953-76). Among several positions as research consultant, he served in 1964 as Director of Chemical Research for the F.J. Seiler Research Laboratory; in the Office of Aerospace Research, Colorado; as Consultant to the Atomic Energy Commission; and as special lecturer on phosphorus (1949-54). He was a member of the ACS and Chairman of the Auburn Section 1957-58. He was also a member of the Chemical Society of London. For many years, he abstracted for Chemical Abstracts and was in charge of their Russian literature section. Author of several books on organic chemistry, he is best known for his title, “Organophosphorus Compounds,” which was considered one of the most comprehensive on the subject. He contributed to many papers on scientific subjects and held more than 40 personal patents. One of his hobbies was writing letters to the “Editor,” mostly to the Birmingham News, on a large spectrum of subjects. During part of his tenure, he drove a Cord automobile, which had been considered one of the most revolutionary automobiles ever built. Dr. Kosolapoff died on January 1, 1976.
George M. Hocking, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Pharmacognosy
Professor Edward I. Solomon (born 1946) is the current Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University. He is an elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Solomon Lab a wide range of spectroscopic methods coupled to calculations (density functional and ligand field theories) to understand the electronic structure of metal sites and its contribution to physical properties and reactivity.
Daniel George Nocera (born July 3, 1957) is an American chemist and university professor. His research has focused on the creation of an "artificial leaf" that mimics photosynthesis in plants for use in a decentralized energy system. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Time magazine included him in its 2009 list of the 100 most influential people.
Professor Ei-ichi Negishi was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling in the mid-1970s. Born in 1935, Negishi came to the United States in 1960 after graduating from the University of Tokyo.
In 1962, while studying for his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, he met Purdue chemistry professor Herbert C. Brown—a pioneer in synthetic organic chemistry. Negishi admired Brown’s research and predicted, “Brown will change the whole world of organic chemistry and that is why I came to Purdue.” With Brown as a mentor, Negishi arrived in West Lafayette as a postdoctoral researcher in 1966.
He then moved to Syracuse University where he served as an assistant professor (1972-76) and associate professor (1976-79).
Dr. Negishi joined the faculty at Purdue in 1979—the same year Brown was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry—and has been a researcher in this building for more than thirty years.
In 1999, he was named the Inaugural Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Negishi has won many awards, authored several books, and published more than 400 research papers.content
Eric Jacobsen was born and raised in New York City. He attended NYU as an undergraduate, where he worked for Yorke Rhodes and received a B.S. degree in 1982. He did his graduate work at Berkeley, studying organometallic chemistry under the direction of Bob Bergman. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1986, he received an NIH postdoctoral fellowship to persue research under Barry Sharpless, who was then at MIT. In 1988, he began his independent career at the University of Illinios, where he published the first of several landmark papers on asymmetric olefin epoxidation. In 1993, he moved to Harvard as a full professor and was subsequently named the Sheldon Emery Professor of Organic Chemistry in 2001. He has continued to be a leader in the field of asymmetric catalysis and has published over 200 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He has been one of the editors for the "Comprehensive Asymmetric Catalysis" series of books and is currently the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.
His recent awards include the Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis, the Yamada-Koga Prize, the H.C. Brown Award for Synthetic Methods, and the Mitsui Catalysis Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008.
Dr. Jacobsen with the AU Chemistry/Biochemistry Department Chair, Dr. Ortiz.
Award Lecture by Dr. Jacobsen
Robert Crabtree received his undergraduate education at New College, Oxford, where he studied under Malcolm Green, and completed his graduate studies at Sussex University under the supervision of Joseph Chatt. After a postdoctoral stint with Hugh Felkin at the CNRS, Prof. Crabtree joined Yale University's Chemistry Department in 1977. There, he has studied catalytic C-H bond activation, C-F bond activation, H2 complexes, metal hydride hydrogen bonding, and the complexation of halocarbons to metal centers. He is well known for developing a widely used homogeneous hydrogenation catalyst and has published over 450 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, Prof. Crabtree has authored a textbook on organometallic chemistry and currently serves as an editor-in-chief of both the Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry and Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry. He is a former chair of the Inorganic Division of the ACS.
His awards include: an A.P. Sloan Fellowship, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, selections as an H.C. Brown Lecturer and a Sabatier Lecturer, the Mack Award, and the Bailar Medal, among other ACS and RSC awards for inorganic and organometallic chemistry.
Science Research in US/Japan: Physiologically Active Compounds from Nature
Born in Hong Kong, and brought up in Lyon, London and Alexandria, he graduated from Nagoya University, 1947 with Fujio Egami. After 2 years of post-graduate work with Louis Fieser, Harvard University, he returned to Nagoya University where he completed his Ph.D. in 1954 with Yoshimasa Hirata. He was Assistant professor of Chemistry at Tokyo Kyoiku University. In 1963 he moved to Tohoku University Sendai, in 1969 joined Columbia University, becoming Centennial Professor in 1980.
He was founding member and research director of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kenya, 1969-1977, Director of Suntory Institute for Bioorganic Research, 1978-1991, and a director of Biosphere 2, Arizona, Columbia University, from April 2001, until its termination in December 2003.His research covers isolation and structural studies of natural products, vision and chiroptical spectroscopy. He discovered NMR NOE in structure determinations, determined structures of 200 natural products and published 800 papers. he has recieved awards from 12 countries. In 2007 he recieved the Order of Cultural Medal, the highest award in Japan. A Nakanishi Prize of the Am . Chem. Society and the Chem. Soc. Japan was established in 1996 and is awarded in alternate years in Japan and the United States.
Chemistry and Biology - Merging Sciences?
2007 - Robert H. Grubbs, California Institute of Technology
2006 - Kyriacos C. Nicolaou, Scripps Research Institute
2005 – Ronald Breslow, Columbia University
2004 – Kenneth N. Raymond, University of California at Berkeley
2003 – John D. Roberts, California Institute of Technology
2002 – Ahmed H. Zewail, California Institute of Technology
2001 – Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology
2000 – Josef Michl, University of Colorado
1999 – Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology
1998 – Richard N. Zare, Stanford University
1997 – Mario J. Molina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1996 – Rudolph A. Marcus, California Institute of Technology
1995 – William von Eggers Doering, Harvard University
1994 – Dudley R. Herschbach, Harvard University
1993 – Richard E. Smalley, Rice University
1992 – Allen J. Bard, University of Texas at Austin
1991 – Derek H. R. Barton, Texas A&M University
1990 – Henry Taube, Stanford University
1989 – Donald J. Cram, University of California at Los Angeles
1988 – Michael J. S. Dewar, University of Texas at Austin
1987 – Herbert C. Brown, Purdue University
1986 – William N. Lipscomb, Harvard University