JAMES FLACK NORRIS AWARD IN PHYSICAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: DAVID CRICH

Sponsor: Endowed fund established by the ACS Northeastern Section

Citation: For sustained commitment to the study and application of mechanistic organic chemistry toward the greater understanding of organic, carbohydrate, and medicinal chemistry, including glycobiology

Current position: Professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, University of Georgia

Education: BSc, chemistry, University of Surrey; Drès Sc, organic chemistry, University of Paris-Sud

Crich on his most memorable project: “I’ve had many, but most recently the counterintuitive development of hydroxylamine-based anticancer antibiotics and the use of physical organic principles to predict and then exploit previously unrecognized aspects of glycosidase reaction mechanisms.”

What Crich’s colleagues say: “David’s attention to detail in understanding reaction mechanisms and applying those ideas in synthesis has transformed how we think about a number of reactions, particularly in the carbohydrate field.”—Keith Woerpel, New York University

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