Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2005, Academician of National Academy of Sciences, United States, Foreign Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences
B. S.and M.S. Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1963 and 1965. Ph.D., Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, 1968. NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry, Stanford University, 1968-69. He is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA, and faculty member since 1978. He was a faculty member at Michigan State University from 1969 to 1978.
The Grubbs group discovers new catalysts and studies their fundamental chemistry and applications. For example, a family of catalysts for the interconversion of olefins, the olefin metathesis reaction has been discovered in the Grubbs laboratory. In addition to their broad usage in academic research, these catalysts are now used commercially.
His awards have included the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2005), and 9 ACS Awards. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1989), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994), the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2006), National Academy of Engineering (2015), Foreign Member of Great Britains’s Royal Society (2017). He has 655+ publications and 160+ patents based on his research.