Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry
areas of expertise: inorganic chemistry, biological chemistry, biochemistry, synthesis, reactions, physical, and structural properties of transition metal compounds, cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(ii) or cis-ddp, bioinorganic chemistry and neurochemistry, polyiron centers in biology, anticancer platinum drugs, metalloproteins, methane monooxygenase, neurochemistry, chemistry
Stephen J. Lippard is the Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry at MIT, where he was head of the Department of Chemistry from 1995 to 2005. He was born in Pittsburgh and educated at Haverford College (BA in chemistry) and MIT (PhD in inorganic chemistry). After a postdoctoral year at MIT during 1965 to 1966, he joined the faculty of Columbia University, where he served until moving to MIT in 1983.
Lippard’s research activities span the fields of inorganic chemistry, biological chemistry, and neurochemistry. Included are studies to understand and improve platinum anticancer drugs, the synthesis of dimetallic complexes as models for non-heme iron metalloenzymes, structural and mechanistic investigations of methane monooxygenase and related bacterial non-heme diiron multicomponent monooxygenases, and inorganic neurotransmitters, especially nitric oxide and zinc.
He has published more than 750 papers on these and other topics and has co-authored a popular textbook with Jeremy Berg titled Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry. He has supervised the PhD thesis research of 100-plus graduate students and more than that number of postdoctoral associates. His honors include election to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds honorary DSc degrees from Haverford College, Texas A&M University and the University of South Carolina, has been elected to honorary memberships in the Italian Chemical Society, the Royal Irish Academy and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and has won numerous awards and medals from the American Chemical Society. He was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Science by President George W. Bush.
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