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Xi Chapter - University of Pittsburgh

Francis Clifford Phillips Lecture Series

1986 Phillips Lecturer

Brief Biography of Harry Gray, California Institute of Technology

Harry Barkus Gray, born November 14, 1935, received his early education in Kentucky, the B.S. degree from Western Kentucky University in 1957, and the Ph.D. in 1960 from Northwestern University, where he worked with Fred Basolo and Ralph G. Pearson. In 1960-61, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, where he collaborated with Carl J. Ballhausen on studies of the electronic structure of metal complexes. From Copenhagen, Dr. Gray went to Columbia University in New York and was promoted from Assistant Professor in 1961 to eventually full Professor in 1965. In 1966, he moved to the California Institute of Technology, where he is now the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. Gray has published fifteen books and over three hundred research papers. His current research is in the area of bioinorganic chemistry and inorganic photochemistry. His honors include the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry (1970), the Fresenius Award (1970), election to membership in the National Academy of Sciences (1971), the Manufacturing Chemists Association Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching (1972), election to foreign membership in the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1974), the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry (1978), the American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry (1984), and the National Medal of Science (1986).

Dr. Gray has given many distinguished lectureships, including the Harrison Howe Lecture, the Ira Remsen Lecture, the Baker Lectures at Cornell, the Falk-Plaut Lectures at Columbia, the Arthur D. Little Lectures at M.I.T., the Lemieux Lectures at Ottawa, the Kolthoff Lectures at Minnesota, the Bailar Lectures at Illinois, and the First Muetterties Lectures at Berkeley.

During his career, Dr. Gray has served as Chairman of numerous scientific committees, including the NSF Advisory Committee for Chemistry, the NAS Section of Chemistry, and the Bioinorganic Subdivision of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry. He was Chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech from 1978 to 1984. He was a member of the NAS-NRC Committee to Survey Opportunities in the Chemical Sciences, and is a member of the Acs Committee on Sciences.


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