October 16, 2014 9AM
Riverside, California

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Richard R. Schrock

Nobel Laureate

Richard R. Schrock received his B.A. from the UC Riverside in 1967 and his Ph. D. degree in inorganic chemistry from Harvard in 1971. As a chemist at the Central Research and Development Department of E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company he made a discovery that led him to M.I.T. in 1975 and, thirty years later, to a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The discovery allows us to make carbon-carbon double bonds from other carbon-carbon double bonds, and ultimately helped change the way much organic chemistry is done today in academia and, increasingly, in industry. For example, because life is based on carbon-carbon bonds, we can increasingly make some of the chemicals we need from abundant and renewable sources such as plant oils instead of petroleum.

Schrock is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London. He has published more than 550 research papers and supervised over 170 Ph.D students and postdocs.