70th Birthday: K. C. Nicolaou

70th Birthday: K. C. Nicolaou

Author: ChemViews (Photo: Ⓒ Eva E. Wille)

Professor Kyriacos Costa Nicolaou, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA, celebrates his 70th birthday on July 5, 2016.

Professor 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
studied chemistry at the University of London, UK, where he received his Ph.D. in 1972. After postdoctoral stays at Columbia University, New York, USA, and at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. In 1989, he was appointed as Professor of Chemistry both at 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, Professor Nicolaou has received the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2016, the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 1993, the Yamada-Koga Prize in 1999, the Nagoya Gold Medal of Organic Chemistry from Nagoya University, Japan, in 2001, the ACS A. C. Cope Award in 2005, and several honorary degrees. He serves on the advisory boards of numerous scientific journals, including Chemistry – An Asian Journal and ChemistryOpen.


Selected Publications by K. C. Nicolaou

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