May 7, 2012

Rich Eisenberg wins 2012 Fred Basolo Medal Award

Congratulations to Rich Eisenberg on being selected as the 2012 Fred Basolo Medal Award winner for Outstanding Research in Inorganic Chemistry!

The Fred Basolo Medal was established by the former students of Fred Basolo in appreciation for his contributions to inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University. Fred Basolo, born in Coello, Illinois in 1920, received a B.Ed, at Southern Illinois Normal University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, under John C. Bailar, Jr. After working on a classified military research project during WWII, he joined the faculty at Northwestern in 1946. In 1980, the University honored him with the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professorship of Chemistry. Internationally recognized for his original contributions to the syntheses and reaction mechanisms of transition-metal Werner complexes, Basolo did some of the seminal work in the developing fields of organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry. A truly gifted teacher, many of his former students occupy prominent academic and industrial positions. Basolo influenced students worldwide to study inorganic chemistry and in 1992 he received the ACS Pimentel Award in Chemical Education. He published 400 scientific publications and four books.

The award will be presented to Rich this fall when he speaks at the Fred Basolo Medal Symposium at Northwestern.