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Richard R. Schrock

Frederick G Keyes Professor of Chemistry

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2005

Frederick G Keyes Professor of Chemistry

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2005

Richard R. Schrock
Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry, 1989 - present
Nobel laureate in Chemistry, 2005

Richard Schrock is a Nobel laureate and the Frederick G. Keyes professor of chemistry at MIT. He was born in Indiana, but spent his high school years in San Diego and obtained a BA from the University of California at Riverside in 1967. After receiving a PhD in inorganic chemistry from Harvard in 1971, he spent one year as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University and three years at DuPont before coming to MIT in 1975. In 2005, Professor Schrock won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis. This work has opened up new opportunities for synthesizing molecules that streamline the development and production of pharmaceuticals, plastics, and other materials.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Schrock's boyhood in Indiana and lessons from his parents
  • Influential teachers and mentors and finding his way in chemistry
  • Cambridge, UK in 1968
  • The discovery at DuPont and subsequent work at MIT that led to the Nobel Prize
  • The importance of teaching and guiding students

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