Cal Tech Chemist To Speak April 18 And 19

April 17, 2002

by Judy Long

California Institute of Technology professor of chemistry Robert Grubbs is the guest lecturer for the annual Gooch-Stephens Lectures April 18-19 on the Baylor University campus.

The first lecture of the series is "The Design and Synthesis of Catalysts for Olefin Metathesis," which will be held in room 100 of the Marrs-McLean Physical Science Building at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18. The second lecture, "The Application of Olefin Metathesis in the Synthesis of Molecules and Materials," will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, April 19, also in room 100.

Grubbs earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of Florida and his doctorate from Columbia University. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University before joining the faculty of Cal Tech, where he currently serves as the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry.

Grubbs received the prestigious 2002 Arthur C. Cope Award from the American Chemical Society, in addition to the Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research (2001) and the Herman Mark Polymer Chemistry Award (2000).

He has received numerous other honors and awards, including the 2002 Edward Frankland Prize Lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2001 Max Tishler Prize Lectureship at Harvard, and the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry. Grubbs holds more than 30 patents and has more than 350 publications.

The Gooch-Stephens lectures series is an endowed lecture named for part department chairs, Wilby T. Gooch (also Baylor's first recipient of a master of science degree in chemistry and Williams R. Stephens.

For more information, contact the department of chemistry and biochemistry at (254) 710-3311.

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