Catalysis in Organic Chemistry Award 2012 Winner

Professor David MacMillan
Professor David MacMillan
Princeton University

Awarded for his seminal contributions to synthetic organic chemistry through the introduction of useful procedures for organic catalysis.


About the Winner

Dave MacMillan was born in Bellshill, Scotland and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Glasgow, where he worked with Dr Ernie Colvin.

In 1990, he began his doctoral studies under the direction of Professor Larry Overman at the University of California, Irvine, before undertaking a postdoctoral position with Professor Dave Evans at Harvard University (1996). He began his independent career at University of California, Berkeley in July of 1998 before moving to Caltech in June of 2000 (Earle C. Anthony Chair of Organic Chemistry). In 2006, Dave moved to the east coast of the US to take up the position of James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and he bcame department Chair in 2010.

He has received several awards including the ACS Award for Creativity in Organic Synthesis (2011), the Mitsui Catalysis Award (2011), ACS Cope Scholar Award (2007), ACS EJ Corey Award (2005), the Corday-Morgan Medal (2005). 

In 2012 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the new RSC journal Chemical Science.

He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of Lexicon pharmaceuticals and Firmenich, and a permanent member of the RSRC board at Merck.  He is also a scientific consultant with Amgen (worldwide), Abbott Research Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Constellation Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Research Laboratories.
Along with DR. Paul Reider, Dave is a co-founder of Chiromics LLC, a biotech company that seeks to devise new strategies for the identification of drug-like molecules.