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Professional Preparation:
  • Wesleyan University (CT) B.A. Chemistry, 1960.
  • California Institute of Technology, Ph. D. Organic Photohemistry, 1963.
  • Harvard University, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Organic Chemistry, 1963-64.

Academic supervisors:
  • PhD, Organic Photochemistry (1960-1963).
    George S. Hammond, Caltech.
  • Postdoctoral, Physical Organic Chemistry (1963-1964):
    Paul D. Bartlett, Harvard University.

Appointments: (all at Columbia University)
  • Co-Chairman of Chemical Engineering, 1997-2000.
  • Chairman, Chemistry Department, 1981-83.
  • Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, 1998-present.
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1997-present.
  • Wm. P. Schweitzer Professor of Chemistry, 1981-present.
  • Professor of Chemistry, 1969-81.
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1967-69.
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry. 1965-67.
  • Instructor of Chemistry, 1964-65.

Honors and Awards:

2005 Theodor Förster Award, German Chemical Society
2004 Honorary Degree, University Fribourg, Switzerland
2004 Mayor’s Medal of Science, New York City
2004 Pimentel Award in Chemical Education , American Chemical Society
2003 Columbia University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching
2002 NSF Director’s Distinguished Scholar Research Award
1999 Willard Gibbs Medal, Chicago Section, American Chemical Society
1999 Colloids and Surfaces Award, American Chemical Society
1998 Strahlenchemie Preis, Max-Planck-Institute, Mülheim, Germany
1996 Caltech Distinguished Alumnus Award
1994 Havinga Medal, Leiden University, The Netherlands
1994 Porter Medal Award, Japan, Europe and Inter-American Photochemical Societies
         Inter-American Photochemical Award in Photochemistry
1987 James Flack Norris Award, Northeastern Section of American Chemistry Society
1986 Harrison Howe Award, Rochester, NY Section of Amer. Chemical Society
1986 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society
1984 D.Sc. Honorary Degree, Wesleyan University
1983 Ernest O. Lawrence Memorial Award, U.S. Department of Energy
1981 Elected Member American Academy of Arts & Sciences
1981 Elected Member National Academy of Sciences
1973 National Fresenius Award, Phi Lambda Upsilon 1974 Pure Chemistry Award,
         American Chemical Society