The annual PROSE Awards acknowledge the very best in professional and scholarly publishing. The award is judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals, to nominate landmark works in several scholarly fields. This year the PROSE Award in Chemistry and Physics goes to Professor Ian Fleming, for Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions.
Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions is both a simplified account of molecular orbital theory and a review of its applications in organic chemistry, providing a basic introduction to the subject and a wealth of illustrative examples. It is available in both a student edition and an expanded reference edition, with extensive additional subject coverage and references.
“These books are the result of years of work, which began as an attempt to write a second edition of my 1976 book Frontier Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions. I wanted to give a rather more thorough introduction to molecular orbitals, while maintaining my focus on the organic chemist who did not want a mathematical account, but still wanted to understand organic chemistry at a physical level. I’m delighted to win this prize, and hope a new generation of chemists will benefit from these books.” – Professor Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1959 and did a PhD and post-doc there before moving to Harvard University, USA, to work with Robert Burns Woodward. He returned to Cambridge to take up a position as a Research Fellow and was promoted to Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1998.
His research interests include stereospecific syntheses involving organosilicon compounds and it is thanks to his work that silicon has entered mainstream organic synthetic methodology.