Sir Derek Barton Gold Medal 2014 Winner
For his highly creative research over the last 25 years on catalytic enantioselective reactions including the use of oxazaborolidines, his work on cascade cationic polyene cyclisation reactions and his inspirational total syntheses of bioactive natural products.
About the Winner
Elias J. Corey, born in 1928 in Methuen, 30 miles north of Boston, studied chemistry from 1945 to 1950 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he gained his doctorate for work on synthetic penicillins under the supervision of John C. Sheehan. In January 1951 he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Instructor in Chemistry and was promoted in 1956 to full Professor. Since 1959 he has been at Harvard University. He won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of the theory and methodology of organic synthesis. He recently published with Barbara Czakó and László Kürti the interdisciplinary textbook Molecules and Medicine, voted by the American Association of Publishers as the best book in the Sciences for 2007. His research interests include synthesis of complex, medically relevant bioactive molecules, logical simplification of complex chemical synthesis, molecular therapeutics, new methods of synthesis, enantioselective molecular catalysts, reaction pathways and organometallic chemistry.
Professor Corey's webpage
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