Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No. 5, September 2000

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Ronald Breslow Elected to Royal Society

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Breslow on Cancer

Prof. Ronald Breslow, Chemistry and University Professor at Columbia University in New York City and Titular Member of IUPAC’s Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division (III) Committee as well as Member of the Subcommittee on Bioorganic Chemistry, has been elected as one of six new foreign members to the United Kingdom’s prestigious Royal Society.

Since its founding in 1660, the Royal Society has served as an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. No more than 42 new fellows and 6 foreign members are elected annually for their contributions to science, both in fundamental research and through directing scientific and technological progress in industry and research establishments.

Prof. Breslow has been a leader in the field of bioorganic chemistry for more than 35 years, starting with his landmark paper that explained the mechanism of thiamine pyrophosphate as a catalyst, thereby leading to the concept of stabilized carbenes. He formulated the term "biomimetic chemistry" and developed many significant examples of reactions that simulate enzyme catalysis, such as the creation of an artificial enzyme in which two functional groups act synergistically to perform phosphate ester hydrolysis with high product selectivity.

Prof. Breslow also pioneered cyclodextrin chemistry, using that molecule as a cage in which selective chemistry with metals, coenzyme analogs, and aromatic substitution could be studied. He has also won the National Medal of Science and the 1999 Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society.


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