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Nobel laureate gives Imperial lecture

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By Tony Stephenson
Tuesday 11 October 2005

Nobel laureate, Professor Richard Schrock, yesterday gave his first lecture since winning the 2005 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Speaking at the Sir Edward Frankland Award Lecture of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Professor Schrock spoke to staff and students from Imperial.

Professor Richard Schrock, 2005 Chemistry Nobel prize winner, and Professor Vernon Gibson, Department of Chemistry

Professor Schrock, was awarded his Nobel Prize 'for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis'. Metathesis is a chemical reaction used in the chemical industry for the production of a variety of products, including pharmaceuticals, fuels, and synthetic fibres.

Professor Vernon Gibson Opens in new window, FRS, Sir Edward Frankland Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial, and a collaborator of Professor Schrock's said: "The prize has been awarded for a reaction of fundamental importance in the construction of pharmaceuticals and polymeric materials. It's a coup for us to have a Nobel Prize winner visit so soon after the announcement - to give what will be his first post-Nobel lecture."

Professor Schrock first became interested in chemistry when he was given a chemistry set by an older brother, ultimately leading him to his PhD in chemistry. Following this, he worked with Imperial's Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, another Nobel Prize winner, eventually becoming the Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).