2017 Leo Paquette Legacy Symposium
Invited Lecturers: Professor Vy Maria Dong of UC Irvine, Professor Dan Weix of Rochester, and Dr. L.-C. Campeau, Executive Director of Process Chemistry. More information to come...
Leo Paquette Leagacy Symposium
Leo A. Paquette was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his B.S. degree from Holy Cross College in 1956 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from MIT in 1959. After serving as a Research Associate at the Upjohn Company from 1959 to 1963, he joined the faculty of The Ohio State University. He was promoted to full professor in 1969, held the Kimberly Professorship from 1981-1987 and was named Distinguished University Professor in 1987.
A member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1984, Dr. Paquette has been a Visiting Professor at institutions across the United States and Europe. He has served in an advisory capacity for advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and has been a member of the editorial boards of numerous publications including the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organic Syntheses, Organic Reactions, and as the head editor of the Electronic Encyclopedia of Organic Reagents (eEros).
Dr. Paquette’s other honors include Sloan Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the ACS, the S.T. Li prize for Science and Technology and he was chosen as the Centenary Lecturer of the Royal Chemical Society, just to name a few. He has been a fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and has been selected to serve as the Plenary Lecturer for more than a dozen international conferences. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from his alma mater.
According to a nominator for one of his many awards, Dr. Paquette’s prolific career has resulted in remarkable contributions to numerous areas of relevance in the broad field of organic chemistry, including synthesis and properties of unusual molecules, natural products total synthesis, new synthetic methodology, rearrangement processes and stereoelectronic control. In the field of hydrocarbon chemistry, Dr. Paquette is best known for achieving the first total synthesis of the Platonic solid dodecahedrane in 1982, which still stands as one of the landmark achievements in the history of organic synthesis and hydrocarbon chemistry.