Marcetta York Darensbourg was educated in Kentucky, USA, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, in 1967, working with T.L. Brown in organolithium chemistry. A sabbatical year was spent at Cornell University in the laboratories of Earl Muetterties in 1977-78. She rose through the academic ranks at Tulane University in New Orleans and moved to Texas A&M University in 1982 where she is Professor of Chemistry. She has served in various governance positions of the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry as well as various ACS journal Editorial Boards including Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallics, and Accounts of Chemical Research. She edited Volume 32 of Inorganic Syntheses. Awards: Association of Former Students of Texas A&M Distinguished Teaching Award, 1986; AFS Texas A&M Research Award, 1995; ACS Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry. Her research interests are broadly in inorganic and organometallic synthesis and reaction mechanisms; and currently, these as applied to bioinorganic systems such as hydrogenase enzymes and other metalloenzymes with bioorganometallic active sites.