Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. George Whitesides, Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Posted: Oct 16, 2009

Dr. George M. Whitesides of Harvard University will present the Reed M. Izatt & James J. Christensen lectures on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and Wednesday, Nov. 4. The lecture on Tuesday will be held at 7 p.m. in B092 of the JFSB. Wednesday's lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in room W140 of the Benson Science Building.

George M. Whitesides was born August 3, 1939 in Louisville, KY. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1960 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (with J.D. Roberts) in 1964. He was a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1982. He joined the Department of Chemistry of Harvard University in 1982, and was Department Chairman 1986-89, and Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry from 1982-2004. He is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor.

Recent Awards:
Welch Award (2005)
Priestley Award (American Chemical Society) (2007)
Prince of Asturias Award in Science and Technology (Prince of Asturias Foundation, Spain) (2008)
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (Franklin Foundation) (2009)

Memberships and Fellowships:
National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Philosophical Society, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Research Society of India, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

Present research interests include: Chemistry, surfaces, fluids, materials, science for developing economies, drug development, and origin of life.