David A. Evans

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David A. Evans (born January 11, 1941, Washington, D.C.) is the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He is a prominent figure in the field of organic chemistry and is best known for the development of aldol reaction methodology (the Evans' acyl oxazolidinone method).

Evans attended Oberlin College (A.B., 1963) and the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1967).

Notable contributions[edit]

Evans has made many scholarly contributions to the field of organic chemistry.[1] Although he is best known for his work on the aldol reaction, he has also developed methodology for anionic oxy-Cope rearrangements, metal catalyzed hydroborations, and catalytic, enantioselective reactions based on bis-oxazoline (box) ligands. The Evans–Saksena reduction and Evans–Tishchenko reaction take their names from him.


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  1. ^ A view from the far side. Memorable characters and interesting places David A. Evans Tetrahedron Volume 55, Issue 29 , 16 July 1999, Pages 8589-8608 doi:10.1016/S0040-4020(99)00436-6
  2. ^ "Arthur C. Cope Award". ACS. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry or Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry". Elsevier. Retrieved 28 January 2015.