Prof. James D. Wuest

Jim Wuest was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1948. He studied chemistry and mathematics at Cornell University, where he received an A. B. summa cum laude in 1969. He did his graduate work in organic chemistry at Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a student of the late Nobel Laureate Robert B. Woodward. After receiving his Ph. D. in 1973, he joined the faculty at Harvard as an assistant professor of chemistry. He remained at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School until 1981, when he accepted a tenured position at the Université de Montréal. He has been a full professor since 1986, and he holds the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Materials. He and his group are broadly interested in the design, synthesis, structure, and properties of molecular materials.

 

His awards include the Merck Sharp & Dohme Award in 1988 (given by the Canadian Society for Chemistry for outstanding work in organic chemistry carried out in Canada by a scientist under 40 years old), the Rutherford Memorial Medal in 1992 (given by the Royal Society of Canada for exceptional research in any area of chemistry done in Canada by a scientist under 40 years old), the Alfred Bader Award in Organic Chemistry in 2001 (given by the Canadian Society for Chemistry to recognize excellence in research in organic chemistry carried out in Canada by a scientist under 60 years old), an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in 2005 (given by the American Chemical Society), and the Prix Urgel-Archambault in 2008 (given by the Association francophone pour le savoir). He has also been a Killam Research Fellow (1992) and a Guggenheim Fellow (1999), and he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1996.

 

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