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Professor Ronald Breslow is Awarded AIC Gold Medal

Samuel Latham MItchell Professor of chemistry, Ronald Breslow, has been selected to receive the prestigious American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Gold Medal for 2014. The Gold Medal is the AIC’s highest award. First bestowed in 1926, and jointly awarded with the Chemical Heritage Foundation since 2003, it recognizes service to the science of chemistry and to the profession of chemist or chemical engineer in the United States. Previous winners include eleven Nobel laureates and other renowned researchers and engineers representing many facets of the world of chemistry.

Professor Breslow has a prodigious list of achievements and awards, including the synthesis of the cyclopropenyl cation, the discovery of antiaromaticity, and the establishment of the mechanism of thiamine (vitamin B1) action. He has also contributed to cancer research by developing a new group of cytodifferentiating agents for use in chemotherapy. He is a recipient of many other important awards in chemistry, including the Priestley Medal, the U.S. National Medal of Science, and the Willard Gibbs Award, to name just a few. The American Chemical Society gives an annual award in his name: the Ronald Breslow Award in Biomimetic Chemistry. A member of the Columbia chemistry faculty since 1956, Professor Breslow was named one of the top 75 contributors to the chemical enterprise in a poll of American Chemical Society members by the journal Chemical & Engineering News.

More information about Professor Breslow and the AIC Gold Medal can be found in the January 29, 2014 issue of C & E News and on the website of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. A link to Professor Breslow's research group website can be found here.