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Bergman wins RSC's Frankland Prize Lectureship

Richard Bergman
Richard Bergman

June 27, 2008

Chemistry professor Robert G. Bergman, Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor, has been awarded the Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lectureship from England's Royal Society of Chemistry.

The award was given in recognition of Bergman's "revolutionary development of C-H bond activation by transition metal complexes" and for "seminal studies of organometallic reaction mechanisms."

The annual Lectureship includes a prize of £1000, awarded for meritorious contributions to pure and applied research in the field of organometallic chemistry as defined by compounds containing metal-to-carbon bonds. Says Bergman, "I'm honored to receive the Frankland Prize, and I am looking forward to returning to England to deliver the lectures associated with this award."

Bergman completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Carleton College in 1963 and received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1966. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, he joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, rising through the professorial ranks before moving his research group to UC Berkeley in 1978.

He has been honored with numerous awards and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (both in 1984). In 2007 he received the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. Most recently, he received the 2008 Richards Medal given by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The Royal Society of Chemistry was founded as The Chemical Society in 1841. More than a century and a half later, the society today has a global membership of over 43,000, and the longest continuous tradition of any chemical society in the world. Its activities span education and training, conferences and science policy, and the promotion of the chemical sciences to the public.

More Information

College of Chemistry Faculty Page
The Bergman Research Group

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