The Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry has been awarded to Professor Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA (pictured, left). The Gold Award is presented annually to a chemist who has made a significant and original contribution to the field of organic chemistry. Jacobsen receives this award in recognition of his work on asymmetric catalysis with chiral hydrogen-bond donors and in particular, the development of a two-step procedure for the resolution of terminal epoxides through the hydrolytic resolution reaction.
Professor Keiji Tanino (right), Hokkaido University, Japan, has been awarded the Silver Medal for his work on natural product synthesis, which includes the synthesis of solanoeclepin A, a potential pesticide for potato crops. The Silver Award is presented annually to a young Japanese scientist whose research has had an impact in the field of synthetic organic chemistry.