"An individual of multifaceted talents and great achievements, Ron Breslow combines a brilliance in research with a motivation to tell the story of chemical achievement to all who will listen," said Arnold Thackray, President. "He is the central architect of two major areas of research: biomimetic systems and nonbenzenoid aromatic chemistry. His work offers promise of important breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, by modulating gene transcription in cancer cells."
Breslow is celebrating his fiftieth anniversary on the faculty of Columbia University, which he joined after undergraduate and graduate training at Harvard. He played a key role in the decision to merge Barnard College with Columbia, and has been active on many levels in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society (ACS President 1996; Priestley Medalist 1999). In addition to numerous honors and awards, he also holds the National Medal of Science. "Ronald Breslow is one of the most brilliant chemists in the world," said Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director and CEO, American Chemical Society, "what really amazes Ron's colleagues and makes him so worthy of the Othmer Gold Medal is the astonishing range of important chemical fields that he's pioneered and continues to tackle."
Ron Breslow is the author of about 400 publications, including a widely acclaimed 1996 book "Chemistry Today and Tomorrow: The Central, Useful, and Creative Science." He holds the National Medal of Science, and has been named one of the top 75 contributors to the chemical enter
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