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Robert H. Grubbs

AKA Robert Howard Grubbs

Born: 27-Feb-1942
Birthplace: near Possum Trot, KY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Metathesis

For his breakthrough in metathesis, American chemist Robert H. Grubbs was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005. His honors were shared with Yves Chauvin and Richard R. Schrock.

Metathesis is a chemical reaction in which atom groups break away and reform, "switching partners". It is used in organic chemistry and pharmaceutical research, and Grubbs' work has led to more efficient, simpler and more environmentally benign ways to synthesize medicines and plastics.

Father: Howard Grubbs (heavy equipment mechanic)
Mother: Faye Grubbs (school teacher)
Sister: Marie Maines (school teacher)
Wife: Helen O'Kane (school teacher)
Son: Robert Bernard Grubbs (chemist)
Son: Brendan Howard Grubbs (physician)
Daughter: Kathleen Mathilda Grubbs (psychologist)

    High School: Paducah Tilghman High School, Paducah, KY (1959)
    University: BS Chemistry, University of Florida (1963)
    University: MS Chemistry, University of Florida (1965)
    University: PhD Chemistry, Columbia University (1968)
    Scholar: Chemistry, Stanford University (1968-69)
    Teacher: Chemistry, Michigan State University (1969-78)
    Teacher: Chemistry, California Institute of Technology (1978-)

    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Chemical Society
    EMILY's List
    National Academy of Sciences
    Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee
    Science Debate 2008
    Benjamin Franklin Medal 2000 (by the Franklin Institute)
    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2005 (with Yves Chauvin and Richard R. Schrock)

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Author of books:
Handbook of Metathesis (2003)

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