Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.4, July 2000

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Lester A. Mitscher Wins American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry Award

Prof. Lester A. Mitscher, Titular Member of IUPAC's Commission on Training and Development (VII.M.2) of the Medicinal Chemistry Section (VII.M), received the 11th ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Award at the 2th National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium held 13-17 June 2000 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The award was established by ACS in 1979 "to recognize outstanding achievement in the sciences that contribute to the field of medicinal chemistry".

After a distinguished career at Lederle Laboratories as a group leader in antibiotics, Prof. Mitscher joined the faculty of Ohio State University, where he served as professor of natural products chemistry in the College of Pharmacy. A faculty member at the University of Kansas since 1975, Prof. Mitscher has been chairman of the department of medicinal chemistry for 16 years. Recently retired as editor of Medicinal Research Reviews, Prof. Mitscher has had affiliations with the editorial boards of 13 journals, has coauthored or edited 6 books, and has authored almost 250 scientific manuscripts.

Prof. Mitscher's work in natural product chemistry, ranging from development and popularization of circular dichroism for structural elucidation to isolation of novel entities using bioassay-guided fractionation, has gained him great renown. His recent research has focused on identifying and developing new antimicrobial agents, such as those based on tetracycline and quinolone. His isolation of novel antioxidants from green tea has attracted considerable interest among colleagues and in the mass media.

Prof. Mitscher won the Ernest H. Volwiler Award in 1985 and the Smissman Bristol-Myers Squibb Award of the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry in 1989. In 1997, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of Wayne State University, from which he received a B.S. degree in pharmacy and a Ph.D. degree in the laboratory of Prof. Carl Djerassi.


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