- Robert H. Grubbs
name = Robert H. Grubbs
image_size = 150px
birth_date = birth date|1942|2|27|mf=y
birth_place = Possum Trot,
California Institute of Technology
University of Florida Columbia University
known_for = the development of the metathesis
method in organic synthesis
Nobel Prize in Chemistry(2005)
spouse = Helen O'Kane-Grubbs
Robert Howard Grubbs (b.
27 February 1942in Possum Trot, Kentucky) is an American chemistand Nobel laureate.
As he noted in his official Nobel Prize autobiography, "In some places, my birthplace is listed as Calvert City and in others Possum Trot ["NB:" both in Marshall County] . I was actually born between the two, so either one really is correct." He spent his early childhood in Marshall County and attended public school at McKinley Elementary, Franklin Junior High and
Paducah Tilghman High Schoolin Paducah, Kentucky. Grubbs studied chemistry at the University of Florida(B.S. and M.S.), where he worked with Merle Battiste, and Columbia University, where he obtained his Ph.D. under Ronald Breslowin 1968.
He next spent a year with James Collman at
Stanford University. He was then appointed to the faculty of Michigan State University. In 1978 he moved to California Institute of Technologywhere he is presently Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry.
His main interests in
organometallic chemistryand synthetic chemistry are catalysts, notably Grubbs' catalystfor olefin metathesisand ring-opening metathesis polymerizationwith cyclic olefins such as norbornene. He also contributed to the development of so-called " living polymerization".
Grubbs's many awards have included: Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1974-76), Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1975-78),
Alexander von HumboldtFellowship (1975), ACS Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (2000), ACS Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry Award (2000), ACS Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods (2001) and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry(2005). He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989 and a fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciencesin 1994.
Grubbs received the 2005
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Richard R. Schrockand Yves Chauvin, for his work in the field of olefin metathesis.
Grubbs is married to Helen Grubbs (nee O'Kane), a retired SLP elementary school teacher. [ [http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2005/grubbs-autobio.html] ] , with three children, all of which are professors or PhDs.
* [http://www.osti.gov/accomplishments/schrock_grubbs.html Bibliographic Resources--Metathesis Method in Organic Synthesis] , from the
Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy
* [http://www.cce.caltech.edu/faculty/grubbs/ Web page at Caltech]
* [http://nobelprize.org/chemistry/laureates/2005/ Chemistry laureates 2005 site]
** [http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2005/grubbs-autobio.html Autobiography at Nobel Chemistry Laureates site]
* [http://www.umsl.edu/chemistry/seminar/robertwmurraylecture/grubbs.html Biography @ University of Missouri-St. Louis]
* [http://scientific.thomson.com/news/newsletter/2005-08/8289814/ Thomson prediction Nobel prize 2005]
* [http://www.patentgenius.com/inventor/GrubbsRobertH.html Robert H Grubbs U.S. Patents]
* [http://www.materia-inc.com Materia Inc. The Company that sells and developes the technology.]
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