The 2005 Gibbs Award Dinner
Presented by the Chicago Section
of the American Chemical Society
Gibbs Medal Awardee:
Professor David A. Evans
Professor David A. Evans
The Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

"Control of Stereochemical Relationships in the Assembly of Organic Structures, Advances that have Transformed the Face of Organic Chemistry"

Date:  Friday, May 13, 2005
Location:    North Shore Lights at The Hotel Moraine
700 North Sheridan Road
Highwood, Illinois

6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner, 8:30 pm Presentation

Introducing Professor Evans:  Dr. Viresh Rawal, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

Presentation of the medal:  Bill Carroll, President, American Chemical Society

Cost:  $40.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $42.00 for non-members,
     $20 for students or unemployed

You may REGISTER ON LINE for this event.

The History of the Willard Gibbs Award

The Citation:

Acceptance Address: 
"Control of Stereochemical Relationships in the Assembly of Organic Structures, Advances that have Transformed the Face of Organic Chemistry"


Twenty-five years ago there were no general carbon-carbon bond forming reactions that could be reliably employed to assemble stereochemically complex organic structures. Today, this circumstance has dramatically changed through the contributions of numerous research groups in both organic and inorganic chemistry. This lecture will focus on some of the advances that have been made in the Evans Research Group to address to address the issue of asymmetric synthesis.

Biographical Sketch:    David A. Evans was born in Washington D.C. in 1941.  He received his A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1963. He obtained his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1967, where he worked under the direction of Professor Robert E. Ireland.  In that year he joined the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1973 he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor and shortly thereafter returned to Caltech where he remained until 1983.  In that year he joined the Faculty at Harvard University and in 1990 he was appointed as the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. Evans has served from 1974 to the present on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Tetrahedron and Tetrahedron Letters, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Topics in Stereochemistry, Chemical Reviews, and Organic Letters.   He has also held several consultantships with industries such as Upjohn Company (1972-1974), Eli Lilly Company (1974-1989), Merck Research Laboratories (1989-present), Oxford Asymmetry Ltd., Oxon, England (1994-2001), Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma Company (1994- 2002), and Amgen (2002-present).

In July of 1998 he completed his three-year term as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and has gratefully returned to his research group and the pursuit of real science!

Selected Key Awards:   

1982   ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
1984   Elected to National Academy of Sciences
1988   American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1996   Remsen Award, Maryland Section, American Chemical Society
1997   Yamada Prize, University of Tokyo, Japan
1998   Tetrahedron Prize
1999   The Prelog Medal, ETH, Zurich Switzerland
2000   Arthur C. Cope Award, American Chemical Society
2002   California Institute of Technology, Distinguished Alumni Award
2003   The Nagoya Medal, Nagoya University, Japan
2003   Karl Ziegler Prize, Max Planck, Muelheim, Germany

Directions and Map:
From the North or South:   Take I-294 (the TriState Tollway) to Route 22. Exit east, take it to Route 41 (Skokie Hwy). Turn north to the next exit, Old Elm. Go east on Old Elm to Sheridan Road (just across some railroad tracks). Turn right/south for 3/4 mile. The hotel is on the right.

From Downtown: Take the Kennedy Expressway north. At the split, follow the Edens Expressway, which turns into Skokie Highway past Lake Cook Road. Continue north to Old Elm Road. Turn right/east on Old Elm and follow the directions above to the hotel.

Parking:   Free


Updated 5/2/05