James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Chemistry

Stephen J. Lippard
April 1, 2014
Lecture title TBD

Stephen Lippard, the Arthur Amos Noyes professor in the Department of Chemistry, is MIT’s James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2013–2014.

Professor Lippard has spent his career studying the role of inorganic molecules, especially metal ions and their complexes, in critical processes of biological systems. He has made pioneering contributions in understanding the mechanism of the cancer drug cisplatin and in designing new variants to combat drug resistance and side effects. Read more at MIT News.


JoAnne Stubbe
Lecture title: "Freeing Radicals from Their Negative Connotations"
March 6, 2012

JoAnne Stubbe, Novartis professor of chemistry and biology, has spent most of her career studying enzymes involved in nucleotide metabolism, which is central to the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Professor Stubbe's success in unraveling the specific steps in enzymatic reactions has had profound impacts on a wide variety of fields; her many honors include the 2008 National Medal of Science. Read more at MIT News.


George H. Büchi
Spring 1991

George H. Büchi, Camile and Henry Dreyfus professor of chemistry, was the recipient of the Killian Award in 1990–1991. At that time, a colleague described him "as one of the best scientists at MIT, and one of the most human." The award citation read: "George H. Büchi, MIT faculty member for nearly 40 years, has set an unprecedented standard in organic chemistry. His contributions in research and education have added to the quality of life globally, and his colleagues and students have derived direct benefit from his wisdom, dedication to excellence, and friendship." More at MIT News.



John S. Waugh
Spring 1989

"Many of the past half-century’s discoveries in chemistry, physics, biology and materials science flow in part from MIT Professor Emeritus John S. Waugh’s pioneering work in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). His theoretical and experimental breakthroughs revolutionized the field of NMR spectroscopy, an extremely powerful and widely used research tool that uses the magnetic properties of atoms to determine the physical and chemical properties of molecules." Read more about Professor Waugh's work via MIT News.

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