75th Birthday: K. C. Nicolaou

75th Birthday: K. C. Nicolaou

Author: ChemistryViews.org (Photo: Ⓒ Eva E. Wille)

Professor Kyriacos Costa Nicolaou, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA, celebrates his 75th birthday on July 5, 2021.

Nicolaou’s research focuses on the total synthesis of natural products, molecular design, combinatorial synthesis, and biological investigations. His group has synthesized many complex compunds, often with interesting biological activities, including the cancer drug Taxol, the antibiotic vancomycin, and the neurotoxin brevetoxin B.


Kyriacos Costa Nicolaou
was born in Cyprus in 1946. He studied chemistry at the University of London, UK, where he received his Ph.D. in 1972. After postdoctoral stays at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, in 1976. In 1989, he was appointed Professor of Chemistry at both the University of California, San Diego, USA, and at the Scripps Research Institute, San Diego. In 2013, Nicolaou joined Rice University as Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry.

Among numerous other honors, K. C. Nicolaou has received the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2016, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Arthur C. Cope Award in 2005, the Nagoya Gold Medal of Organic Chemistry from Nagoya University, Japan, in 2001, the Yamada Prize in 1999, the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in 1993, and several honorary degrees. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Indian Academy of Sciences, a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Israel Chemical Society, and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, UK, and the Academy of Athens, Greece.


Selected Publications by K. C. Nicolaou

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