Robert H. Grubbs
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|Robert H. Grubbs|
February 27, 1942 |
Possum Trot, Kentucky USA
|Institutions||California Institute of Technology|
|Alma mater||University of Florida (B.S, 1963)
University of Florida (M.S, 1965)
Columbia University (Ph.D, 1968)
|Known for||the development of the metathesis
method in organic synthesis
|Notable awards||Tolman Award (2002)
Linus Pauling Award (2003)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2005)
As he noted in his official Nobel Prize autobiography, "In some places, my birthplace is listed as Calvert City and in others Possum Trot [NB: both in Marshall County]. I was actually born between the two, so either one really is correct." He spent his early childhood in Marshall County and attended public school at McKinley Elementary, Franklin Junior High and Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Kentucky. Grubbs studied chemistry at the University of Florida (B.S. and M.S.), where he worked with Merle Battiste, and Columbia University, where he obtained his Ph.D. under Ronald Breslow in 1968.
He next spent a year with James Collman at Stanford University. He was then appointed to the faculty of Michigan State University. In 1978 he moved to California Institute of Technology where he is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry.
His main interests in organometallic chemistry and synthetic chemistry are catalysts, notably Grubbs' catalyst for olefin metathesis and ring-opening metathesis polymerization with cyclic olefins such as norbornene. He also contributed to the development of so-called "living polymerization".
In October 2010 Grubbs participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Lunch with a Laureate program where middle and high school students got to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize–winning scientist over a brown-bag lunch. He is also a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Advisory Board.
- 1974–76 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
- 1975–78 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
- 1975 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship
- 2000 ACS Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry
- 2000 ACS Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry Award
- 2001 ACS Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods
- 2002 Tolman Medal
- 2002 Arthur C. Cope Award
- 2003 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry & BioMedicinal Chemistry
- 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- 2005 Paul Karrer Gold Medal
- 2010 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal
- 1989 He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences
- 1994 Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Bibliographic Resources--Metathesis Method in Organic Synthesis, from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy
- Web page at Caltech
- Chemistry laureates 2005 site
- Autobiography at Nobel Chemistry Laureates site
- Nobel Prize Lecture
- Biography @ University of Missouri-St. Louis
- Thomson prediction Nobel prize 2005
- Robert H Grubbs U.S. Patents
- Materia Inc. The Company that sells and develops the technology.