Richard Bruce Silverman

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Richard Bruce Silverman
Born (1946-05-12)May 12, 1946 (age 68)
{Philadelphia, PA}
Residence Flag of the United States.svg U.S. [Winnetka, IL]
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American
Fields Chemistry
Institutions Northwestern University
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University (B.S.)
Harvard University (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor David Dolphin
Known for Pregabalin
Notable awards Perkin Medal (2009), Centenary Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry Prize (2014)

Richard Bruce Silverman (born May 12, 1946) is a chemistry professor at Northwestern University in the United States. He currently holds the title of Patrick G. Ryan/Aon Professor. He is most known for his invention of pregabalin, which is now marketed by Pfizer under the trade name Lyrica.[1]

Silverman was elected in 2014 to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences .[2] Other notable external awards he has received include 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, 2014 Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry Prize of the Israel Chemical Society, 2014 iCON Innovator Award of the iBIO Institute, 2013 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013 Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013 Bristol-Myers Squibb-Edward E. Smissman Award of the American Chemical Society, 2013 Roland T. Lakey Award from Wayne State University, 2012 Sato Memorial International Award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, 2011 Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2011 E.B. Hershberg Award for important discoveries in medicinally active substances from the American Chemical Society, 2011 inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame of Central High School of Philadelphia, 2009 inductee into the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame of the American Chemical Society, 2008 Alumni Fellow Award from the Pennsylvania State University, 2003 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society, 1990 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1985 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, 1982 National Institutes of Health Research Career Development award, 1981 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, and 1976 DuPont Young Faculty Fellow. He has received numerous teaching awards from Northwestern University, including being named Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in 2001-2004, Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000, Excellence in Chemistry Education Award from the Northwestern University Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity in 1999, the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Teaching Excellence in 1999, Faculty Honor Roll in 1977-1982, 1986, 1997, 2008, 2009. In 1971 he received a U.S. Army Commendation Medal.


He received his B.S. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1968. He then spent a short time at Harvard University before being drafted and serving as a United States Army Physical Sciences Assistant at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research from January 1969 until his honorable discharge in January 1971. In 1974, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in organic chemistry with advisor David Dolphin. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with Robert Abeles in biochemistry at Brandeis University. He has been teaching and doing research at Northwestern since 1976 and has held his current title of "Patrick G. Ryan/Aon Professor" since September 1, 2015.[3]


  1. ^ Francis, Theo (2007-08-17). "Health Blog: Lyrica Makes Rain at Northwestern". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  2. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 2014 FELLOWS AND THEIR AFFILIATIONS AT THE TIME OF ELECTION" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 2008-04-17. 

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