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Gerard Parkin received his B. A. (First Class), M. A., and D. Phil degrees from the Queen's College, Oxford University.  Both his graduate and undergraduate research were carried out under the guidance of Professor Malcolm L. H. Green.  In 1985, he moved to the California Institute of Technology as a NATO postdoctoral fellow to work with Professor John E. Bercaw.  He joined the faculty of Columbia University as Assistant Professor in 1988 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and to Professor in 1994.  He served as Chairman of the Department from 1999 – 2002.  He has also served as Chair of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society, Chair of the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalytic Science Section of the New York Academy of Sciences, Chair of the Organometallic Subdivision of the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry, and Chair of the Gordon Research Conference in Organometallic Chemistry. 

 

His principal research interests are in the areas of synthetic, structural, and mechanistic inorganic chemistry and he is an elected Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society.  Among other awards, he is a recipient of the Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus TeacherScholar Award, the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, the American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry, the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday Morgan Medal, the Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Organometallic Chemistry, the Royal Society of Chemistry Chem Soc Rev Lecture Award, and the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.  Most recently, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, an award that was presented at a White House ceremony.

 

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Education

 

D. Phil

1985

The Queen’s College, Oxford, England

M. A.

1985

The Queen’s College, Oxford, England

B. A. (First Class)

1981

The Queen’s College, Oxford, England

 

 

Research Positions

 

1994

Columbia University, New York, New York, Professor (Chair, 1999-2002)

1991

Columbia University, New York, New York, Associate Professor

1988

Columbia University, New York, New York, Assistant Professor

1985

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, NATO/SERC (U.K.) Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Professor John E. Bercaw

1982

The Queen's College, Oxford University, Oxford.  D.Phil Research with Professor Malcolm L. H. Green:  “The Chemistry of Trimethylphosphine Tungsten Complexes”

1981

Durham University, Durham.  Research with Professor Melvyn Kilner

1977

The Queen's College, Oxford University, Oxford, England. Part II Research (1980-1981) with Professor Malcolm L. H. Green:  “The chemistry of dimolybdenum(II) systems.”

 

Honors and Awards

 

2011

Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2009)

2010

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

2010

Royal Society of Chemistry Chem Soc Rev Lecture Award

2009

Elected Inaugural Fellow of the American Chemical Society

2008

Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching

2008

American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry

2004

Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Organometallic Chemistry

2004

Inaugural Distinguished Catalysis Lecturer, University of Florida, Gainesville

1995

Royal Society of Chemistry Corday Morgan Medal

1994

American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry

1994

The Denkwalter Lecture, Loyola University, Chicago

1993

The Distinguished Monsanto Lecture, Indiana University

1992

Presidential Faculty Fellowship

1991

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher‑Scholar Award

1991

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

1988

Polyhedron Best Paper Award 1988

1985

NATO/SERC (U.K.) Postdoctoral Research Fellow

1983

Firth Scholarship of the Queen’s College, Oxford

1981

First Class BA (Honours) degree and the Queen’s College prize

1978

Michel Scholarship of the Queen’s College, Oxford

 

Professional Activities

 

2010

Department of Energy ARPA–E IMPACCT Review Panel

2010

Editor, Structure and Bonding, Volume 136, “Metal–Metal Bonding”

2008–

Editor, Scitopics

2007

New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Selection Committee

2007 –

Editorial Board for Structure and Bonding

2006

Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry 3, Volume editor

2005 – 06

Organometallic Subdivision of the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry: Chair-Elect and Chair

2005 – 06

Gordon Research Conference in Organometallic Chemistry:  vice-Chair and Chair

2003 – 06

Editorial Advisory Board, Inorganic Chemistry

2003

Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry 2, Volume editor.

2003

Symposium co‑organizer on “Scorpionate Ligands Thirty-Five Years Later,” 225th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2003.

2002 – 05

Editorial Advisory Board, Organometallics

2002 – 03

ACS New York Section:  Chair-elect and Chair

2001

NIH Metallobiochemistry Study Section (BMT), Temporary member

2000 –

Editor, Polyhedron Symposia-in-Print

1999 – 2002

Editorial Advisory Board, J. Organomet. Chem.

1999 – 2000

Editorial Advisory Board, Polyhedron

1998 – 2003

International Editorial Advisory Board, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans.

1996

Symposium co‑organizer on “New Vistas in Inorganic Chemistry,” 211th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1996.

1995 –

Editorial Advisory Board, Main Group Chemistry

1995 – 97

Editorial Advisory Board, Inorganic Chemistry

1995

Guest Editor, Polyhedron Symposium‑in‑Print: “Recent Developments in Organometallic Chemistry”

1994 – 96

Editorial Advisory Board, Accounts of Chemical Research

1993 – 95

New York Academy of Sciences, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalytic Science Section Chair

1993

Symposium organizer: “Main Group Organometallic Compounds:  Novel Structures and Reactivity,” 206th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 1993

 

 

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