We are happy to announce that Ken Houk has been awarded the 2012 Robert Robinson Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). This award is for contributions to organic chemistry made by a researcher after the age of 55. The award was presented for Ken’s “inspirational and insightful development of the distortion/interaction theory of reactivity, pioneering studies of molecular dynamics of cycloadditions, and the innovative computational design of new enyzymes.”
The award will be presented at a Symposium and Lecture in the U.K. later this year. The award is named for Sir Robert Robinson who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1947 and was a leading organic chemist of the mid-20th century. The first winner of the Robert Robinson Award was Houk’s Ph.D. mentor, R. B. Woodward, in 1964.
Please join us in congratulating Ken for another landmark achievement!