Centenary Prize 2017 Winner


Professor William Evans
Professor William Evans
University of California, Irvine

 

Awarded for the synthesis of new molecular compositions that can reveal new oxidation states, diatomic ions, electron configurations and magnetic properties

 


About the Winner


William Evans was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.  He received a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he did undergraduate research on pentaboranes with Professor Donald F. Gaines.  He obtained a Ph.D. from UCLA under the direction of Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne studying metallocarboranes.  He did postdoctoral research on transition metal phosphite complexes with the late Professor Earl L. Muetterties at Cornell University.  When he began his independent career at the University of Chicago, he chose an area of research completely different from his training and experience, namely the chemistry of the rare-earth metals and actinides, with the central thesis that the special properties of these metals should lead to unique chemistry. After receiving tenure at Chicago in 1982, he was recruited to the University of California, Irvine, where he has been a Professor since 1983. 

He has received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Awards in both Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry, the Sir Edward Franklin Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Frank Spedding Award for Excellence in the Science and Technology of Rare Earths, the Terrae Rarae Award of the Tage der Seltenen Erden Society in Germany, the Richard C. Tolman Award of the Southern California Section of the ACS, a Special Creativity Extension Award from the National Science Foundation, the UCI Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, and the UCI Physical Sciences Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Award.  He was recently named Distinguished Professor by the University of California.


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