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Symposium honoring UD Nobel Laureate Richard Heck set for May 26
Date:3/3/2011

sor of Chemistry at Purdue University, who will deliver the keynote address as the 2011 Heck Lecturer.

Other speakers include Stephen L. Buchwald, Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Todd Nelson, director of pharmaceutical sciences at Merck; Melanie Sanford, professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan; Victor Snieckus, Bader Chair in Organic Chemistry at Queen's University; and Dean Toste, professor of chemistry at the University of California Berkeley.

Primary sponsors include the University of Delaware through the Provost's Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dow Chemical Co.; and Ashland. Additional support is being provided by DuPont.

Richard Heck was born in Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 15, 1931. He completed both his bachelor of science degree (1952) and his doctorate (1954) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

After postdoctoral work, he took a position with Hercules in Wilmington, Del., in 1957, and moved to the University of Delaware in 1971, where he remained until his retirement in 1989. He now lives in the Philippines.

Heck's contributions previously have been recognized through a number of prestigious awards. In 2004, the University of Delaware Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry established the Heck Lectureship, an annual award given in recognition of significant achievement in the field of organometallic chemistry. In 2005, he was awarded the Wallace H. Carothers Award, bestowed by the Delaware section of the American Chemical Society for creative applications of chemistry that have had substantial commercial impact. In 2006, he received the Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods from the American Chemical Society.


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Contact: Tracey Bryant
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302-831-8185
University of Delaware
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