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Richard Schrock to Speak Wednesday, Jan. 25

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist is First of Three Speakers in Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Richard R. Schrock, UCR alum, kicks off annual event that brings community to campus for interesting speakers

(January 23, 2006)

Richard Schrock, photo courtesy of MITEnlarge

Richard Schrock, photo courtesy of MIT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside will welcome Richard R. Schrock, an MIT professor who spent his undergraduate years at UCR and recently shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, as the first of three speakers in the 2006 Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series. His talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the University Theatre. The title is "Basic Chemical Research and How it Led to a Nobel Prize."

Other scheduled speakers will be former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins on Tuesday, March 14 and The Honorable Joseph Ghougassian, Ph.D., J.D., former Ambassador of the United States to the State of Qatar on Tuesday, April 18.
All of the lectures this year will be in the University Theatre, with receptions afterward on the patio. They are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the distinguished lecture series is an annual event featuring personalities from the letters, the sciences, the arts and other sectors of society. It was conceived to stimulate the region’s intellectual community, to inspire students to think beyond the lecture hall and lab, and to involve members of the community in the academic life of the UCR campus. The theme this year is, "Beyond Boundaries: Explorations and Experimentation in Science, Art, and Statecraft.”

In addition to formal public presentations, each visit by a distinguished lecturer will include associated events, such as seminars with undergraduate and graduate students and visits with faculty.


Professor Schrock obtained his B. A. degree in 1967 from UC Riverside and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1971. He spent one year as an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University followed by three years at the Central Research and Development Department of E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company. In 1975 he moved to M.I.T. where he became full professor in 1980 and the Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry in 1989.

His interests include the inorganic and organometallic chemistry of high oxidation state early metal complexes, catalytic reactions and mechanisms of reactions involving alkyl or alkylidene complexes. He is perhaps best known for his discovery of "high oxidation state carbene" by alpha hydrogen abstraction in high oxidation state metal alkyl complexes.

R. R. Schrock has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. He has received the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry (1985), the Harrison Howe Award of the Rochester ACS section (1990), an Alexander von Humboldt Award (1995), the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (1996), the Bailar Medal from the University of Illinois (1998), an ACS Cope Scholar Award in 2001, and the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Medal in 2002. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was Associate Editor of Organometallics for eight years, and has published more than 400 research papers.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
6 p.m.
University Theatre
Richard R. Schrock
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2005)
Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of

Tuesday, March 14, 2006
6 p.m.
University Theatre
Billy Collins
United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003)
Professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
6 p.m.
University Theatre
The Honorable Joseph Ghougassian, Ph.D., J.D.
Former Ambassador of the United States to the State of Qatar

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