Robert Robinson Award 2014 Winner

Professor Robert G. Bergman
Professor Robert G. Bergman

University of California, Berkeley

For his outstanding contributions in physical organic and organometallic chemistry.

About the Winner

Date of Birth: May 23, 1942

Summary of Career

08/2002  Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor, University of California, Berkeley
08/1978   Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
08/1973  Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
08/1967  Noyes Research Instructor, California Institute of Technology

Summary of Education

1963 - B. A., Chemistry, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, USA
1966 - Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Mentor: Jerome A. Berson)
1967 - 1968 NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University (Mentor: Ronald Breslow)

Publications Summary

(Total number of publications: 571; total number of patents: 8)

Research Areas, Teaching and Outreach Summary

Research Areas: organic and organotransition metal chemistry; homogeneous catalysis, supramolecular chemistry, sustainable chemistry, reaction mechanisms. Teaching: Graduate and undergraduate organic and organometallic chemistry.  Outreach: initiator and co-developer of the Bay Area Scientists in Schools program administered by Community Resources for Science, Berkeley, CA, USA.


Selected awards: Member, US National Acad. of Sciences (1984); Fellow, American Acad. of Arts and Sciences (1984); American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Organometallic Chemistry (1986); ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar (1987); U.S. Dept. of Energy E.O. Lawrence Award in Chemistry (1994); ACS Arthur C. Cope Award (1996); ACS James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry (2003); US Natl. Acad. of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences (2007); Royal Society of Chemistry Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lectureship (2010); Willard Gibbs Award, ACS Chicago Section and ACS Fellow (2011); Honorary Doctorate, Texas A&M Univ. (2013); ACS George Olah Award in Hydrocarbon Chemistry (2014); Robert A. Welch Award (2014).

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